By James Salter
An remarkable literary occasion, a tremendous new novel by means of the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed grasp: a sweeping, seductive, deeply relocating tale set within the years after international battle II.
From his studies as a tender naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to the US and unearths a place as a ebook editor. it's a time while publishing remains to be mostly a personal affair—a scattered relatives of small homes right here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled flats and conversations that proceed lengthy into the evening. during this international of dinners, offers, and literary careers, Bowman unearths that he suits in completely. yet regardless of his luck, what eludes him is love. His first marriage is going undesirable, one other fails to ensue, and at last he meets a lady who enthralls him—before atmosphere him on a direction he may perhaps by no means have imagined for himself.
Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a lifestyles unfolding in an international on the point of switch. it's a brilliant, occasionally devastating labyrinth of affection and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the good shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
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God help him, he was a teenager who got a real kick out of growing vegetables. ’ Uncle James asked. ’ ‘Oh, my poor boy,’ Leah said, for perhaps the fifth time, from the other side of the table. There was a comforting smile on her race and a small, sympathetic groan in her voice. ‘Muuum,’ Alban said, glaring at her. Leah just smiled more widely. 39 Alban passed the bowl of peas towards the head of the table. Actually, it’s a cushion, Uncle,’ he told Uncle James. God, this was embarrassing. He was horribly aware he must have sounded like a little child calling Leah ‘Mum’ like that.
Andy just smiled. Alban’s dad was normal in comparison; thinner, with straightish black hair already going grey. He had a kind–looking face with crinkly bits round his eyes that usually made it look like he’d spent his life smiling, but which occasionally – if you caught him just sitting alone, staring into space the way he did sometimes, and he hadn’t noticed you – made him look very sad, until he realised you were there. ’ Leah said, still smiling across at Alban. Alban’s mum was slight and pale but with the sort of cheerful character people usually associated with somebody twice her size.
He laughed, waved his arms. ’ He laughed louder. It was 1997. They were in Singapore attending a toys and games trade fair, promoting Empire! (unashamedly, in an ex–imperial outpost, Alban had pointed out) and the other products of the Wopuld company to wholesalers. The day’s work was done, the trade fair over, their display was being packed away in the exhibition centre and they had a free evening plus a day off to follow so they were in a quiet corner of the main bar of Raffles, drinking Singapore Slings because Fielding had this thing about Geographically Appropriate Alcoholic Beverage Consumption – Manhattans in Manhattan, etc.
All That Is by James Salter