A Novel

Book - 2015
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Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures on its list. Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book trade --how to work an agent over lunch; how to swim with the literary sharks at the Frankfurt Book Fair; and, most important, how to nurse the fragile egos of the dazzling, volatile authors he adores. But Paul's deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer: poet Ida Perkins, whose audacious verse and notorious private life have shaped America's contemporary literary landscape, and whose longtime publisher --also her cousin and erstwhile lover, happens to be Homer's biggest rival. And when Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secret --one that will change all of their lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, ́ѕا́ةƯ2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385353342
Branch Call Number: FIC Galassi J
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 19, 2015

a tedious and pointless exercise (also totally unbelievable) that shows that Galassi has no idea what makes up a novel or a novel-reading experience. Disappointing on every level.

Aug 26, 2015

This novel was billed as "about writers' secrets, publishers' obsessions, manuscripts, love, loyalty, and betrayal." For the first 150 pages I felt really disappointed. But then, things picked up and I enjoyed it. Paul Dukach actually meets his idol, the poet Ida Perkins, and learns the secret of her life and gets to publish her magnum opus posthumously. I was glad I read this book.


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