Love Me (Paperback)
|Author: Garrison Keillor|
|From one of America's most beloved writers comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about ambition, success, and failure as well as the virtues of real love and a steady writing job.|
From the Publisher:
n this charming departure from Lake Wobegon, bestselling author Garrison Keillor tells a hilarious and heartwarming tale of ambition, success and failure, and the virtues of real love. Aspiring writer Larry Wyler leads a quiet, decent life with his do-gooder wife, Iris, in St. Paul, Minnesota, but he wants more. When his literary debut becomes a hit, he departs for a Manhattan apartment, a job at the New Yorker, and three- martini lunches with the great editor, William Shawn.
But when his second novel bombs and he finds himself in the grip of writerÂ's block, Wyler discovers that successÂ?and the New York publishing sceneÂ?is a fickle mistress, indeed. Creatively barren, nearly destitute, and longing for Iris, he accepts a job writing Â?Ask Mr. Blue,Â? a column doling out advice to the lovelorn. It may not be glamorous work, but through it Wyler discovers whatÂ's really important and sets out to win back the woman he left behind.
In Garrison Keillor's comic novel, Larry Wyler is living in St. Paul with his wife, Iris, but he longs for the bright lights of the big city--New York. When his first novel hits it big, he's offered a job at the New Yorker magazine, and off he goes. But the New Yorker is not what he thought it was: the magazine Keillor has created is an amalgam of fact and fancy dominated by the Mafia, and Larry doesn't exactly thrive there. Then he starts writing an advice column similar to the one real-life Keillor wrote for Salon magazine. Keillor draws on this and other autobiographical experiences to produce a timely satire of the literary world. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003.
"To love LOVE ME, it probably helps to be a writer and also half Norwegian....Keillor's forte, though, is hitting those wry, eyebrow-arching notes that ring true no matter who you are or where you're from....Sharp humor doesn't always have a heart, yet for all its sly satire and deadpan zingers, LOVE ME is surprisingly touching." - Carl Hiassen 08/17/2003