All That Is by James Salter

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By James Salter

An amazing literary occasion, a huge new novel via the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed grasp: a sweeping, seductive, deeply relocating tale set within the years after international warfare II.

From his stories as a tender naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to the US and unearths a place as a booklet editor. it's a time while publishing remains to be principally a personal affair—a scattered kin of small homes the following and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled flats and conversations that proceed lengthy into the evening. during this global of dinners, bargains, and literary careers, Bowman reveals that he matches in completely. yet regardless of his good fortune, what eludes him is love. His first marriage is going undesirable, one other fails to take place, and eventually he meets a lady who enthralls him—before atmosphere him on a path he may by no means have imagined for himself.

Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a lifestyles unfolding in an international on the point of switch. it's a extraordinary, occasionally devastating labyrinth of affection and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the good shocks and grand pleasures of being alive. 

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Please, Mama, don’t fall down drunk on the floor. Please, Mama, don’t pass out at the breakfast table. ” Delia flinched as though she had been struck. Cissy glared at Delia’s pink face. “I hate you,” she said. ” She turned away to hide the tears she couldn’t keep back any longer. Delia forced herself to look at her daughter. The shape of Cissy’s profile seemed to alter as she watched. “You don’t even believe in the devil,” she said softly. “Oh yes I do,” Cissy sobbed. “I believe in the devil. ” Delia felt the bones in her neck turning to concrete.

Delia’s eyes glittered like the rocks near the ocean. “It will be like I always wanted it to be. You and me, Amanda and Dede, all of us together. ” Cissy hugged Randall’s photograph tighter and looked at Rosemary like a cornered animal. “Your sisters,” Delia said fiercely. “Your sisters are going to be amazed how much you look like them. ” A tear glistened at the edge of her left eye, hovered briefly, and slipped down her cheek. Cissy kept her focus on that wet streak. Her sisters. Amanda and Dede.

You don’t know that. I got people there. ” Delia rose suddenly, nearly overturning the hassock. “And they’re my girls. I’m their mother. That don’t go away. They’ll be mad at me, yeah. But I can handle that. ” Rosemary looked toward the back of the house. “Listen to her. She’s just lost her daddy, and you know how she is about Randall. Child thinks everything that happened is her fault, that he never done nothing wrong in his life. Take some time, Delia. ” “I am thinking about Cissy. ” Delia’s shoulders were shaking.

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