By Leonard Michaels; Diane Johnson (Introduction by)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374271077, 129pp.

Publication Date: May 29, 2007


First acclaimed as a story-length memoir, then expanded into a novel, "Sylvia "draws us into the lives of a young couple whose struggle to survive Manhattan in the early 1960s involves them in sexual fantasias, paranoia, drugs, and the extreme intimacy of self-destructive violence.

Reproducing a time and place with extraordinary clarity, Leonard Michaels explores with self-wounding honesty the excruciating particulars of a youthful marriage headed for disaster.

About the Author
Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) was the author of "Going Places", "I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, "and "The Men's Club", among other books. FSG will publish his "Collected Stories "in June to coincide with the reissue of "Sylvia".

Diane Johnson, a three-time National Book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce), is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.