Walks with Men

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Walks with Men

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It is 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived: If you take food home from a restaurant, dont say its because you want leftovers for the dog. Say that you want the bones for a friend who does autopsies. If you cant stand on your head (which is best), learn to do cartwheels. Have sex in airplane bathrooms. Wear only raincoats made in England. Neils certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins.

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Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award collections and John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century. She received the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for the Short Story. She has written seven novels and eight collections of stories and publishes frequently in The New Yorker.

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Beattie (Follies) turns a clinical eye on young love in this moody period piece about Jane Jay Costner, who, just out of college in 1980, is given the opportunity to learn the ways of the world and of love from an older man. The affair is proposed as an intellectual experiment, and the reader cringes as young Jane becomes deeply involved with Neil, an older writer who is, predictably, married and no great catch besides. He offers a stream of pretentious aphorisms (When you travel to Europe, never wear a fragrance from the country you're in) that Jane initially admires but eventually distrusts. But even as her dislike for her lover grows, she becomes ever more entrenched. Beattie's talent as a prose stylist is evident: the sentences are gorgeous and there isn't a word out of place, but emotion is subdued to the point of aloofness, leaving the reader with little more than idle concern for Jane. Beattie effortlessly conjures 1980s New York, but the human terrain could be less muted. (June)
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