The body of Jonah Boyd : a novel /

by Leavitt, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2004Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: 215 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 1582341885 :.Title notes: $23.95 7-2004 (SPM)Subject(s): City and town life -- Fiction | Female friendship -- Fiction | College teachers -- Fiction | Draft resisters -- Fiction | Women musicians -- Fiction | Secretaries -- Fiction | Mistresses -- Fiction | Adultery -- Fiction | Psychological fiction | Domestic fiction
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<p>The brilliant new novel from an author The New York Times has called "one of his generation's most gifted writers."<br> <br> It's 1969, and Judith "Denny" Denham has just begun an affair with Dr. Ernest Wright, a psychology professor at Wellspring University, who just happens to be her boss. But her position in the Wright household is not merely as a mistress. Ernest's wife, Nancy, has taken Denny under her wing as a four-hand piano partner and general confidante, although Denny can never seem to measure up to Anne, Nancy's best friend from back east. Ernest's eldest son has fled over the Canadian border to escape the draft, while his only daughter has embarked on a secret affair with her father's protégé. The remaining son, Ben, is fifteen, and as delicate and insufferable as only a poetry-writing fifteen-year-old can be.<br> <br> That autumn, Denny crosses the freeway that separates Wellspring from its less affluent mirror image, Springwell, to spend Thanksgiving with the Wrights and their assortment of strays, including two honored guests: the eagerly anticipated Anne and Anne's new husband, the acclaimed novelist Jonah Boyd. The chain of events set in motion that Thanksgiving will change the lives of everyone involved in ways that none can imagine, and that won't become clear for decades to come.<br> <br> Hilarious and scorching, David Leavitt's first novel in four years is a tribute to the power of home, the lure of success, the mystery of originality, and, above all, the sisterhood of secretaries. Flawlessly crafted and full of surprises, it is a showcase for Leavitt's considerable skills.</p>

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Library Journal Review

In Leavitt's latest novel (after Martin Bauman; Or, A Sure Thing), secretary Judith "Denny" Denham recounts the events of a memorable Thanksgiving spent with her boss/lover's family in Wellspring, CA. It is 1969, and the Wright family psychoanalyst Ernest, wife Nancy (who has befriended Denny), and children Daphne and Ben is preparing for a visit from old friend Anne Armstrong and her new husband, author and professor Jonah Boyd. Proud as he is of his new manuscript, Jonah has an annoying habit of misplacing it wherever he travels, and, after reading from it to the Wrights that Thanksgiving evening, he loses it irretrievably. What this means to Boyd; his unhappy wife, Anne; Denny; and intense young writer Ben forms the crux of the novel, a warm and affectionate portrait of an extended family that is unwittingly changed by this turn of events. One can predict the plot twists regarding the lost manuscript well before they click into place, and Denny and Ben's sudden devotion to each other comes from out of left field. Still, this is generally a breezy and humorous book whose charms outweigh any flaws; many readers will enjoy it. Marc Kloszewski, Indiana Free Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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