Set in pre-9/11 Pittsburgh, Elegy for Sam Emerson commemorates a past that will abruptly end as the novel follows the fortunes of Sam Emerson, proprietor of an upscale Mount Washington restaurant with stunning views of the three rivers below. Middle-aged and nostalgic, Sam Emerson ruminates on his unconventional childhood as he faces the prospect of life without his much younger lover, and at the same time, deals with disposing of his mother's ashes and traveling to France to look for his father's unmarked grave.
"In Elegy for Sam Emerson Hilary Masters writes exquisitely about food, gardening, love, Pittsburgh, theatre, race. I love how deeply imagined his characters are and how fully he conveys the layered complexity of life in the second half of the twentieth century. A novel of passionate intelligence and profound humanity."-Margot Livesey
"The world needs more books like this. I read the novel with a sense of wonder at its deep compassion and greatness of spirit. The images, scenes, and dialogue evoke two different worlds simultaneously and show how the past inhabits the present, always. This kind of writing is what writers call 'the real thing.'"-Cynthia Shearer
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HilaryMastersis the author of nine novels, two other story collections, a memoir, a collection of personal essays, and a book-length essay on a Mexican mural. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, the Balch Prize for Fiction, and the Monroe Spears Prize (for his essays). His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.About the Author:
HILARY MASTERS is the author of eight other novels, two story collections, two books of essays, and the acclaimed memoir Last Stands. He’s been a Fulbright lecturer and the recipient of an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His essays have been republished in Best American Essays, and his short fiction has been cited in Best American Short Stories and Pushcart. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Book Description SMU Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110870745077