A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Fiction - 281 pages
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Arthur Camden's greatest talents are for packing and unpacking suitcases, making coleslaw, and second-guessing every decision in his life. When his business fails and his wife leaves him-to pursue more aggressive men-Arthur finds that he has none of the talents and finesse that everyone else seems to possess for navigating New York society.

Arthur tries to reinvigorate his life with comic and tragic results: He dates women with no interest in him, burns down his Catskills fly-fishing club, runs afoul of the law in France, and disgraces himself before family members. Just when Arthur hits the depths of despair, an eccentric suitor (a woman who happens to resemble the model on Arthur's vitamin bottles) helps him take a leap into a wonderful unknown.

Michael Dahlie's novel digs into the consciousness of a self-doubting everyman-a man who, with a little inspiration, just might become something of a brilliant success.

 

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A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO GRACEFUL LIVING

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Portrait of a well-heeled wimp.When we first see Arthur Camden he's crying his eyes out. The middle-aged New Yorker has reached his nadir. He has run the family import-export business into the ground ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
13
Section 3
15
Section 4
21
Section 5
29
Section 6
33
Section 7
39
Section 8
45
Section 23
158
Section 24
168
Section 25
174
Section 26
180
Section 27
183
Section 28
189
Section 29
196
Section 30
205

Section 9
58
Section 10
69
Section 11
73
Section 12
79
Section 13
84
Section 14
91
Section 15
98
Section 16
105
Section 17
111
Section 18
118
Section 19
126
Section 20
135
Section 21
145
Section 22
151
Section 31
210
Section 32
216
Section 33
221
Section 34
228
Section 35
236
Section 36
243
Section 37
252
Section 38
258
Section 39
262
Section 40
267
Section 41
274
Section 42
279
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About the author (2008)

Michael Dahlie won the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, and he received a Whiting Award in 2010. He is currently the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis.

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