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Brian Morton - book author

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BRIAN MORTON is the author of four previous novels, including Starting Out in the Evening, which was a Salon favorite book of the year and was made into an acclaimed feature film, and A Window Across the River, which was a Book Club selection on the Today show. He is the director of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence and teaches at New York University and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Brian Morton is the author of books: Florence Gordon, Starting Out in the Evening, A Window Across the River, Breakable You, The Dylanist: A Novel, A Window Across the River: A Novel, The Best Way to Learn Spanish Fast: : a guide to Spanish learning, The Christmas Kiss: and other stories, Deeper Thoughts and Sonnets: More poetry from, The Project: and other stories

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A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family's various catastrophes.

A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family's various catastrophes.

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag.

With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outsmart.
In this "captivating" (Time Out New York) novel, an aging author -- now out of print and barely remembered by the literary world that once fleetingly embraced him -- is courted by a brash young graduate student who wants to write her thesis on him. What ensues is a story that is at once comical, sensitive and sharply insightful -- a work that has already earned astonishing reviews, and that "in every way fulfills the promise of Morton's lovely first novel, The Dylanist.(*)"
Isaac and Nora haven't seen each other in five years, yet when Nora phones Isaac late one night, he knows who it is before she's spoken a word. Isaac, a photographer, is relinquishing his artistic career, while Nora, a writer, is seeking to rededicate herself to hers.

Fueled by their rediscovered love, Nora is soon on fire with the best work she's ever done, until she realizes that the story she's writing has turned into a fictionalized portrait of Isaac, exposing his frailties and compromises and sure to be viewed by him as a betrayal. How do we remain faithful to our calling if it estranges us from the people we love? How do we remain in love after we have seen the very worst of our loved ones? These are some of the questions explored in a novel that critics are calling "an absolute pleasure" (The Seattle Times).
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 yet--a story about love, friendship, literary treachery, and what each of us owes to the past.
Telling the story of Sally Burke, a young woman raised by radicals, who has inherited her parents' dissatisfaction with the world but not their passionate desire to change it, The Dylanist is a compelling portrait of a generation as lost, though not nearly as self-importantly tragic, as any that F. Scott Fitzgerald described (L.A. Weekly).
The Christmas Kiss and Other Stories is a collection of short stories with a Christmas connection. From slightly dysfunctional but interesting family get-togethers, to fully fractured and retold fairy stories, this collection is aimed at grown up children who haven't grown out of their sense of humour.
Deeper Thoughts and Sonnets As the title implies this collection is generally on more serious subjects, ranging from heroism, appreciation of the world and it's wonders, the pleasures and tribulations of love and a bit of history. Hopefully, these poems will make you think, if only a little bit, because thinking is good for the soul.
The Project and other stories, is a collection of short stories, covering varied subjects from science fiction, through historical reportage to psychological analysis, including a ship that goes missing, an expedition to climb a mountain and a fishing trip, all written with a smile or two.