Search Results: "David Leavitt"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2005

"Competent and always interesting, if a little cursory on some of the heavier mathematics."
Given the example of the great British mathematician and inventor Alan Turing, it's ironic, writes novelist Leavitt (The Body of Jonah Boyd, 2004, etc.), that the study of mathematics was once thought to cure homosexuality. Read full book review >

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THE PAGE TURNER by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1998

"This is a writer who needs a new subject, or at least a new perspective on what looks increasingly like the only subject he's interested in. (Author tour)"
Another intimate and knowing—albeit also wearing—portrayal of gay life in America from the author of such well-received fiction as, most recently, last year's Arkansas. Read full book review >

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THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Very fine work."
An artfully crafted story of two marriages from Leavitt (English: Univ. of Florida), whose credits include Family Dancing (1984) and The Indian Clerk (2007), both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Read full book review >

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THE BODY OF JONAH BOYD by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"One hopes the gifted Leavitt is capable of much better work. But the clock is ticking."
Leavitt's ungainly sixth novel appears to be an amalgam of transposed autobiography, literary in-talk, and the emphasis on family dynamics that distinguished his early work (The Lost Language of Cranes, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MARBLE QUILT by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"An abundance of fine, sharp moments proving that Leavitt, despite his characters' tedious obsession with youth and beauty, might be aging pretty well."
Gay fiction's elegant stylist (Martin Bauman, 2000, etc.) returns with an uneven, mutable collection of nine stories inspired by his deep biographical readings of Oscar Wilde's circle—and by profound sympathy for an aggrieved present-day gay community. Read full book review >

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THE INDIAN CLERK by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2007

"Not a perfect novel, but easily Leavitt's (The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and The Invention of The Computer, 2006, etc.) best—and a heartening indication that this uneven writer has reached a new level of artistic maturity."
The certainty attributed to mathematics is richly contrasted to the uncertainty of human relationships in Leavitt's unusual and absorbing eighth novel. Read full book review >

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ARKANSAS by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1997

"Sad tales of anomie and of confused, contradictory quests for love. (Author tour)"
Grim, disturbing explorations of the way in which lust and loneliness can destroy the possibility of love, by the author of two story collections (including A Place I've Never Been, 1990) and three novels (While England Sleeps, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARTIN BAUMAN; by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Nonetheless, the gossip value alone should make this Leavitt's most popular book. It's also his best since his early successes, Family Dancing (1984) and The Lost Language of Cranes (1986): a cri de coeur that's intelligent, funny, and genuinely revealing."
What might almost have been Leavitt's first novel is instead the presumably autobiographical stuff of his ambitious fifth: an alternately lighthearted and turgid chronicle of a young writer's pursuit of love and fame in the New York literary world of the early 1980s. Read full book review >

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WHILE ENGLAND SLEEPS by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"It's not just the corny plot devices: whether it's politics or class, he has the words but not the tune."
The title echoes JFK's Why England Slept, but Leavitt's third novel (A Place I've Never Been, 1990; Equal Affections, 1989) is not primarily political: he uses the Spanish Civil War as a backdrop for his love story of two gay Englishmen. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2001

"Astonishingly moronic and self-absorbed."
A tiresome collection of episodes from their days living in southern Tuscany, from Leavitt (Martin Bauman, 2000, etc.) and Mitchell (Virtuosi, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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TANGLES by Sarah Leavitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not simply the story of a disease, but of the flawed, complex, intelligent people whose lives it transformed."
The power of this graphic memoir is not that its story about a family dealing with Alzheimer's is so extraordinary, but that it has become so ordinary. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"An astonishing, wrenching achievement. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The tragedy of discarded children is skillfully explored in this stunning novel in verse. Read full book review >