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Muse - A novel

Jonathan Galassi

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

6h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:34