Books by Mark Salzman

TRUE NOTEBOOKS by Mark Salzman
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A captivating story of hopeless young men whose committed teacher listens—and thereby learns as much as he teaches."
Novelist Salzman (Lying Awake, 2000, etc.) chronicles his experiences as a teacher of writing to young defendants held in Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles. Read full book review >
LYING AWAKE by Mark Salzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2000

"A valiant and intelligent failure: despite his best efforts, Salzman has created a kind of ecclesiastical drag-show that fails to get below the surface of life in the Carmel."
A deliberate and somewhat plodding account of life inside a Carmelite convent, told with a surfeit of awe by Salzman (The Soloist, 1994; the nonfiction Lost in Place, 1995), who seems to have read too much Rumer Godden for his own good. Read full book review >
LOST IN PLACE by Mark Salzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Salzman engagingly describes teen malleability and confusion; hopefully he'll immortalize his childhood next."
An affectionate and often incisive appraisal of the author's thoroughly peculiar yet thoroughly representative suburban Connecticut adolescence. Read full book review >
THE SOLOIST by Mark Salzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Salzman's handling of his weighty theme—the passing of torches as the ennobling essence of civilization—is unfailingly light and delicate: this is lovely, offbeat movie material."
Jury duty in a murder trial helps resolve a classical musician's deep professional crisis—in a haunting second novel from the author of The Laughing Sutra (1990) and Iron and Silk (1986), Salzman's acclaimed book (and later movie) about China. Read full book review >
THE LAUGHING SUTRA by Mark Salzman
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"Disappointing."
Young China hand Salzman made a big splash (at age 22) with his account of teaching in China, Iron and Silk (1986); now comes his first novel, a picaresque set in China, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Read full book review >
IRON AND SILK by Mark Salzman
Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"Exhilarating."
Terrific debut by a 22-year-old who writes with limpid simplicity, grace and at times tingling fire, about Ms two-year teaching fellowship in China's Human province. Read full book review >