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Muse: A novel
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From the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux: a first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades-long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both.
Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures on its list. Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book trade—how to work an agent over lunch; how to swim with the literary sharks at the Frankfurt Book Fair; and, most important, how to nurse the fragile egos of the dazzling, volatile authors he adores.
But Paul's deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer: poet Ida Perkins, whose audacious verse and notorious private life have shaped America's contemporary literary landscape, and whose longtime publisher—also her cousin and erstwhile lover—happens to be Homer's biggest rival. And when Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secret—one that will change all of their lives forever.
Studded with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, written with both satiric verve and openhearted nostalgia, Muse is a brilliant, haunting book about the beguiling interplay between life and art, and the eternal romance of literature.
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Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures on its list. Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book trade—how to work an agent over lunch; how to swim with the literary sharks at the Frankfurt Book Fair; and, most important, how to nurse the fragile egos of the dazzling, volatile authors he adores.
But Paul's deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer: poet Ida Perkins, whose audacious verse and notorious private life have shaped America's contemporary literary landscape, and whose longtime publisher—also her cousin and erstwhile lover—happens to be Homer's biggest rival. And when Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secret—one that will change all of their lives forever.
Studded with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, written with both satiric verve and openhearted nostalgia, Muse is a brilliant, haunting book about the beguiling interplay between life and art, and the eternal romance of literature.
From the Hardcover edition.
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      • source: Michael Korda, author of Queenie and Another Life
      • content: "Jonathan Galassi has accomplished that most difficult of tasks, which is to write a lively and interesting novel about book publishing, many scenes of which brought back to me vividly what book publishing is (or used to be) like: larger than life figures (at any rate in their own minds), impossible authors, intense rivalry, and daily drama. It will explain to hoi polloi what book publishers do when they're not lunching, and to those in the industry it will present a fascinating roman-a-clef puzzle to solve."
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      • content: In his first novel, well-respected poet and editor Jonathan Galassi offers a lively story of smart people who love language and books. Galassi's spikily tender send-up of the publishing world is fortunate to have a narrator with Arthur Morey's keen sensibilities. Morey delivers a first-rate performance, building plausible characters who range from self-serving to heroic. Publishers are flocking to publish young hot-ticket poet Ida Perkins. Publishers flocking? Hot-ticket poet? It seems Perkins is the exception to the rule. Her poetry has mass public appeal. Sounds like a fairy tale, but the novel reminds us that there was a time--before the digital age--when soon-to-be-literary-giants were scouted by the publishing industry and poetry was important. Morey makes Galassi's debut memorable listening. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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        March 16, 2015
        In poet Galassi’s first novel, a book editor navigates the world of 21st-century publishing while unraveling the secrets of his lifelong hero, an octogenarian poet named Ida Perkins. The novel opens during the postwar literary boom, when nemeses Homer Stern and Sterling Wainwright launch competing houses—P&S and Impetus, respectively. The protagonist, Paul Dukach, begins working at P&S in the ’90s, when Union Square is still “the city’s major needle park.” The bulk of the story, though, transpires in the aughts, when Paul, driven by his obsession with Ida, befriends Homer’s foe, Sterling, a cousin of the poet. When Sterling gives Paul the cryptic notebooks of Ida’s late love to decode, the project becomes an occasion for a meeting with Ida. This meeting reveals her final, secret collection—the contents of which, Paul realizes, have the potential to turn publishing upside-down. The fun of this book is watching Galassi, who serves as president and publisher of FSG, weave his fictional characters into real literary history and put his considerable gifts as a poet to good use. Indeed, Perkins’ verses (“she smells the ozone” / “after love the fear”) surpass Galassi’s expositions on publishing and its ongoing war against Big Tech. Agent: Melanie Jackson, Melanie Jackson Agency.

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