It Will Come to Me

By Emily Fox Gordon
(Spiegel & Grau, Paperback, 9780385525886, 267pp.)

Publication Date: August 17, 2010

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Ben Blau is the reluctant chair of the philosophy department of the Lola Dees Institute, surrounded by a bestiary of academic innocents and opportunists. His wife, Ruth—a writer whose early success never quite blossomed into a career—nurtures sometimes noisy and sometimes private rebellions against the conventions of academic life. Their lives have settled, if not always comfortably, into a dull ceremonial round of convocations, committee meetings, and pot-luck dinners. To Ruth it seems that nothing will ever change.

Except that this year a new couple has arrived on campus: an ethereal, celebrated young memoirist and her husband, an intellectual jack-of-all-trades and perpetual misfit. Something about these two throws the staid academic world of the Lola Dees Institute into comic chaos and revives Ruth’s hopes that she might become, once again, the writer she used to be.

About the Author
Emily Fox Gordon is an award-winning essayist and the author of the memoir <i>Mockingbird Years: A Life In and Out of Therapy</i>, a <i>New York Times</i> notable book. Her work has appeared in <i>The American Scholar</i>, the <i>Pushcart Prize</i> anthologies, <i>The Anchor Essay Annual</i>, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Boulevard</i>, and <i>Salmagundi</i>. She has taught at Rice University and the University of Wyoming.
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