An extraordinary literary event, a major new
novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master, here is a sweeping,
seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.
experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman
returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when
publishing is still largely a private affair—a scattered family of small houses
here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations
that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and
literary careers, Bowman finds he fits in perfectly. But despite his
success, love eludes him. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to
happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him and sets him on a
course he could never have imagined for himself.
Romantic and haunting, All
That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. It is
a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, a fiercely
intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
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