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From the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux comes this 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

  • “A witty, elegant, tons-of-fun debut novel. Jonathan Galassi has got all the dirt on the publishing industry and he is ready to dish. But he also takes us from Union Square and a hideaway country cottage to Venice for a love story all his own.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Little Failure

  • “Jonathan Galassi has accomplished that most difficult of tasks, which is to write a lively and interesting novel about book publishing, many scenes of which brought back to me vividly what book publishing is (or used to be) like.”

    Michael Korda, New York Times bestselling author of Queenie

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

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Galassi’s fictionalized vision of publishing, even subtracting the veneer of satire, is simultaneously romantic and problematic, [an] otherworldly amalgam of the real, the satiric, and the entirely imagined.”

    National Post (Canada)

  • “Offers a witty and fascinating look at the big egos who dominate the business and the growing tensions caused by new technology. With characters based on recognizable real-life figures, Galassi’s debut is a delight for anyone ‘alive to the romance of reading.’"


  • “A worthy psalm on the pre-Amazon, pre-digital days of publishing that anyone might appreciate. Galassi rates praise especially for choosing to have some knowing fun with his years in the business.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • 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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About the Author

Jonathan Galassi is the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux and the author of three collections of poetry, as well as translations of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. A former Guggenheim Fellow and poetry editor of the Paris Review, he also writes for the New York Review of Books, New Republic, and other publications.