A Curable Romantic (Hardcover)

By Joseph Skibell

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781565129290, 608pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2010

October 2010 Indie Next List

“Joseph Skibell is one of America's great unsung writers. His new novel, A Curable Romantic, is funny, dark, and profound. If there is justice in the world, it will win a major prize next year. Skibell writes amazing prose that carries you like a dream through a complicated plot without ever leaving you impatient. Fine literary tears will be cried.”
— Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
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I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theater, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud. So goes the life, times, and loves of Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn, a fairly incurable romantic venturing optimistically through modern history. In this inventive and satiric tour de force, Joseph Skibell, award-winning author of "A Blessing on the Moon," presents a picaresque novel of exile that could spring only from the imagination of a virtuoso.