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Author: Richard Babcock Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469252841
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John Lincoln is a thirtysomething book editor miserably ensconced at Pistakee, a dinky Chicago publisher, where he toils on titles like 37 Rambles Through the Windy City. He longs to flee the Midwest and land in New York, where, he imagines, he’ll work with real writers, brandish success at his patrician East Coast parents, and experience again the glories of the city of his dreams.

He needs a hot bestseller, and finds his salvation in Amy O’Malley, a recent University of Chicago grad who’s worked on the school’s famous sex survey. With Lincoln’s prodding, Amy writes an erotic thriller that draws on her research experience. Her book indeed opens doors for Lincoln—but not in the way he imagined. Meanwhile, Tony Buford, a “professor of happiness studies” at a local college, gently blackmails him into publishing his fantastically mundane poetry.

Reminiscent of Richard Russo at his wittiest, is a comic novel about the hard work of understanding what it is you want.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A witty, rueful novel about one man's midlife crisis amid the upheavals in the publishing world.”

    Jeanette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

  • “A compelling look at the world of words and those who love, write, edit, and sell them.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A smooth, winning plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Richard Babcock was the longtime editor in chief of Chicago magazine. Before that, he spent more than a decade as a top editor at New York magazine. Raised in Woodstock, Illinois, Babcock graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Gioia Diliberto, an acclaimed biographer and novelist. He has taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Knox College, and Loyola University of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has received the National Book Award, written numerous novels, short stories, plays, and essays. He has been a political activist and as Democratic candidate for Congress from upstate New York, he received the most votes of any Democrat in a half-century.