All That Is

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
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An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master: a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.

From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when publishing is still largely a private affair—a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and literary careers, Bowman finds that he fits in perfectly. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him—before setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself.

Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. It is a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive. 

 

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User Review  - michaelbartley - LibraryThing

the story of a life, the main character becomes a editor after world war 2, at times his life seems like something out of playboy or mad men, don dapper. yet it also seems a little sad and lonely ... Read full review

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User Review  - elizabeth.b.bevins - LibraryThing

I just couldn't get into this book. I felt as though I was waiting for something to happen throughout most of the book. Still, I plan to try some of his earlier work. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
31
Section 4
43
Section 5
58
Section 6
66
Section 7
79
Section 8
89
Section 17
167
Section 18
176
Section 19
186
Section 20
194
Section 21
207
Section 22
217
Section 23
223
Section 24
229

Section 9
98
Section 10
108
Section 11
116
Section 12
122
Section 13
130
Section 14
138
Section 15
150
Section 16
159
Section 25
235
Section 26
242
Section 27
251
Section 28
260
Section 29
270
Section 30
278
Section 31
281
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About the author (2013)

James Salter is the author of numerous books, including the novels All That Is, Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, written with Kay Salter. James Salter died in 2015.


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