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Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school. Now, after years of careful management, his life is slowly unraveling. His beloved wife has recently died. He stumbles--or is being pushed--into early retirement. And his daughter, his only child, is planning to marry a man Schmidt cannot approve of, for reasons he can scarcely admit, even to himself. As Schmidt gropes for resolutions, he finds unexpected hope in an intense passion that comes out of the blue.
Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on loneliness and on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart.
"A fine novel...The great pleasure of reading Louis Begley [is] his exceptional literary intelligence."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Begley again demonstrates that he can reveal the complexities of society and personality with a clear eye and graceful style... More than meets the requirements of graceful fiction."