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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Galassi Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781101913987
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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. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Packed with lively secrets and insider gossip from the world of literature.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Excellent. A valentine to a half-remembered, half-imagined world…A terrific novel—a crackling good story [in] sparkling prose.”

    USA Today (4 stars)

  • “Muse is a testament to the purity of the written word and the turmoil that can be required to get it on paper.”

    New Yorker

  • “Galassi captures all of this collaborative joy and heartache, and more, in a fond farewell to yesteryear—and a guarded hello to the digital age in publishing.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Galassi brings an elegiac quality to the novel’s themes of love, loss, and reading in just the right amount, adding depth and richness to a bravura first novel.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Galassi imbues his offbeat tale with emotional intensity and a lingering resonance.”

    Miami Herald

  • “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… Morey makes Galassi’s debut memorable listening.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick in June 2015 for Literary Fiction
  • One of the BBC’s Best Books to Read in June
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