Dixon Long All Things Change: A novel

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All Things Change: A novel

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Henry Cornwall, a senior art historian, is acting president of Mead College in western Massachusetts. Unfortunately, he is passed over for the presidency in favor of an aggressive younger woman. Henry expects that he will return to his department to spend his last active years before his eventual retirement. But to his surprise, he is contacted by Professor Soo-lin Lee, head of a search committee at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City. She asks if he would be interested in becoming director of a new program to train non-traditional and minority students for careers in the commercial art world. Henry is excited by the prospect, and his wife Caroline encourages him to pursue it. He is invited to take the job, but Caroline refuses to move to the dangerous neighborhood in New York where Henry decides he must live to be credible to students. When he becomes romantically involved with Soo-lin, his marriage comes under severe pressure. The new program encounters faculty resistance and the hostility of a new director of the institute. Nothing is going according to plan, but Henry persists against heavy odds. Meanwhile, Henry’s niece Simone, a graduate student at Columbia, has become pregnant and the father is behaving strangely. Henry and Caroline confer with Simone’s parents in France, and Simone’s friend Rachel Harper steps in to help as Simone’s due date approaches. Henry then goes to Paris to help manage a crisis in the health of his older brother. Yet ultimately, issues regarding his job and his intimate relationships must be resolved before he can arrive at a significant conclusion regarding his future career.

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DIXON LONG moved to the San Francisco Bay area after many years as professor of political science and dean at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to that experience, he sailed a small boat with two friends from Yokohama to Barbados, worked and lived for a time in both Tokyo and Paris, and earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. Dixon has published several novels. Brothers, a family drama that moves among New York, Tokyo, Paris and Provence, was published in 2001. A Very Rich Man, the story of a wealthy and dysfunctional Cleveland family, appeared in 2007. An international political thriller, Running Without Lights, came out in 2010. A collection of short stories and a novella set in the south of France, Weekend in the Luberon, appeared in 2012. Love, Maybe, in 2013, traced the emotional evolution of a man whose wife left him for a woman. Sea of Troubles, also in 2013, followed the fortunes of an ambitious young college president, who in his first year on the job made every conceivable mistake. Connections, in 2014, brought together the lives and loves of characters from prior novels, as Mead College in Massachusetts was engulfed in the financial upheaval of 2008. Dixon is co-author with Ruthanne Long of Markets of Provence (HarperCollins, 1996, out of print) and Markets of Paris (The Little Bookroom, 2007; 2nd ed. 2012), a comprehensive guide to open-air food markets as well as markets for antiques, art, books, bric-a-brac, clothing, crafts, fabrics, prints, and more. He has worked with Marjorie R. Williams on a new version of Markets of Provence, scheduled for publication in 2016. His covers and summaries and extracts of his work are at dixonlong.com.

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