Walks With Men

Walks With Men

Book - 2010
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Ann Beattie arrived in New York young, observant and celebrated (as The New Yorker' s young fiction star) in one of the most compelling and creative eras of recent times. So does the protagonist of her intense new novella, Walks with Men.

It is 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived: If you take food home from a restaurant, don't say it's because you want leftovers for "the dog." Say that you want the bones for "a friend who does autopsies." If you can't stand on your head (which is best), learn to do cartwheels. Have sex in airplane bathrooms. Wear only raincoats made in England. Neil's certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins.

"One of our era's most vital masters of the short form" ( The Washington Post ), Beattie brilliantly captures a time, a place and a style of engagement. Her voice is original and iconic.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010.
ISBN: 9781439175767
Characteristics: 102 p. : 19 cm.


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theorbys Oct 21, 2012

A thoroughly minor novella which I would have abandoned had it not been such a short and quick read.. It's a New York story, and a writer story, but not very interesting or successful. Still I would recommend this to people who want to learn to write. It's encouragingly simple and must have been pretty easy to write, so it would make a good example of how to. Not how to write a great story, but how to write an OK story.

May 18, 2011

A disjointed read. The author jumps back and forward in time from one paragraph to the next. The story itself is not interesting enough to persevere. I got confused then bored. Stopped reading half way through.


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