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Adam Weller is a moderately successful novelist, past his prime, but squiring around a much younger woman and still longing for greater fame and glory. His former wife, Eleanor, is unhappily playing the role of the overweight, discarded woman. Their daughter Maud has just begun a frankly sexual affair that unexpectedly becomes life-changing. Into each of these lives the past intrudes in a way that will test them to their core. With perfect pitch and a rare empathy, Brian Morton is equally adept at portraying the life of the mind and how it plays out in the world, brilliantly tracing the border between honor and violation. Here Morton tells his strongest story yeta story about love, friendship, literary treachery, and what each of us owes to the past.
Praise For Breakable You…
PRAISE FOR BRIAN MORTON "For some readers, Brian Morton may still be an undiscovered treasure. He won’t be for long." Newsday
"The passion of Morton’s characters ring true . . . because the romantic ones conflict with such things as professional ambition and jealously." Chicago Tribune
"Morton...recognizes that meaning is expressed mostly through subtleties...[he] is especially skilled with subtle humor."
"The passions of Morton''s characters ring true...because the romantic ones conflict with such things as professional ambition and jealousy."
"Entertain from first page to last because the characters are so full of life and humor."
"As in his previous novels, Morton evokes the physical and psychological landscape of New York in swift satirical strokes...Terrible fates befall some of Morton''s characters, undeserved; he seems, at times, to bring them to life only to make them suffer. It''s a complaint usually reserved for a higher power, and a tribute to Morton''s craft: conjuring up lives so vivid the reader mourns their passing."
"This packed novel about the vagaries of love and grief takes place in a New York straight out of Woody Allen...Inside his broad comedy of manners is a hearfelt novel about the redemptive power of suffering."
"For some readers, Brian Morton may still be an undiscovered treasure. He won''t be for long."
"In this polished, affecting novel, [the characters''] stories intertwine and uplift."
"Morton is the rare writer equally invested in people and ideas."
"[Morton] is a deeply compassionate writer, unafraid to treat the largest themes...in an earnest, generous spirit."
"Breakable You embodies a rare lyricism--not the lyricism of the literary, but the lyricism of life itself."
"Breakable You...is written and imagined with a sure touch that achieves a somber beauty."
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151011926, 368pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2006