All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 12, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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"A smart, thoughtful, and often poignant meditation."—Boston Globe

At the renowned writing school in Bonneville, every student is simultaneously terrified of and attracted to the charismatic and mysterious poet and professor Miranda Sturgis, whose high standards for art are both intimidating and inspiring. As two students, Roman and Bernard, strive to win her admiration, the lines between mentorship, friendship, and love are blurred.

Roman's star rises early, and his first book wins a prestigious prize. Meanwhile, Bernard labors for years over a single poem. Secrets of the past begin to surface, friendships are broken, and Miranda continues to cast a shadow over their lives. What is the hidden burden of early promise? What are the personal costs of a life devoted to the pursuit of art? All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost is a brilliant evocation of the demands of ambition and vocation, personal loyalty and poetic truth.

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User Review  - BeckyGraham1016 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading this book - there are no major plot twist or grand adventures, its just the story of a few poets and what their lives are actually like. I love a book that makes you think, and this ... Read full review

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User Review  - bettyandboo - LibraryThing

When the author of the novel you're about to pick up is the director of the famed Iowa Writer's Workshop, you expect great things. Fortunately, that's what you get with All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is ... Read full review

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Lan Samantha Chang's fiction has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Story and The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1996. Chang is the author of the award-winning books Hunger and Inheritance, and the novel All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. She is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships at Stanford University. She also received, from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Teaching-Writing fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus fellowship. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she directs the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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