All that Follows
By Jim Crace
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307278968, 240pp.)
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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Critically acclaimed author Jim Crace returns with a masterful and tender new novel that explores the improvisational power of jazz and the complexities of love and violence.
Leonard Lessing is a British jazz musician whose life has become largely predictable and stagnant. While watching the news one night he recognizes a man who is holding four hostages. The man is Maxie, a former acquaintance who he met eighteen years previously in Austin, Texas. When he meets up with Maxie's daughter Lucy, Lennie must decide whether to sit silently, as he has so many times, or find the courage to go to the crime scene and potentially save lives. A moving and insightful novel, All That Follows proves once again that Jim Crace is one of our most talented and dynamic storytellers.
Jim Crace is the author of nine previous novels, including most recently, The Pesthouse. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jim Crace has also received the E.M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.
"Mesmerizing....Graceful....Lyrical....[Crace] captures the human condition in all its sinuous, improvisational and sensual essence."--The Providence Journal
“Probing and suspenseful. . . . Elegant. . . . Dazzling. . . . Truly valiant!” --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A fine novel . . . entirely satisfying.”--Denver Post
“Crace is excellent.”--Los Angeles Times
“A psychological novel of ideas . . . . Excellent."—The Times, London
"The writing is excellent, and the story moves along with a seductive force. Another fine work from [Crace]."—Library Journal
"Written in crisp, efficent prose. . . . [All That Follows] is as accomplished as Crace’s previous nine novels and is a testament to his craft and versatility."—The Sydney Morning Herald
"Crace sensitively depicts a middle-aged man coming to terms with the choices he has made, missed opportunities and all."—Booklist
“Crace brings a rare humour. . . . All That Follows is both thought-provoking and a delight to read.”—The Gaurdian, London