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The Weight of It in Her Arms
The Longest Day of the Year
A Sad Way to End the Evening
All You Do Is Sit at a Typewriter and Bleed
What’s a Ring Without a Finger?
A Few Remarks on a Rainy Night in Manhattan
Champagne for My Real Friends
Another Fan in the Graveyard
A Few Remarks on a Sunny Afternoon in Winslow
The House at the End of the Block
The Redemptive Power of Fiction
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Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence: A Novel

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence: A Novel

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  Catherine Strayed is living a quiet, un?remarkable life in a secluded college town following the mysterious death of her husband, a promising writer whose death may have been an accident, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder. When her former mentor (and onetime lover)—a powerful critic who singlehandedly destroyed her late husband’s chance for success—takes a teaching job at the college, Catherine’s world threatens to collapse. For with him has come his latest protégé, an exotic young woman named Antonia Lively. Antonia’s debut novel has become a literary sensation—but it is, in fact, an almost factual retelling of ?a terrible crime that she relates without ?any concern for the impact its publication will have on the lives of those involved.
  As Antonia insinuates herself into Catherine’s life, mysterious and frightening things start to happen, because unbeknownst to Catherine, the younger woman intends to plunder her own dark, regrettable past—and the unsolved death of her husband—for her next literary triumph.

  Provocative and cunning, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence asserts that fiction is never truly fictional and asks, What does stealing another’s life do to your soul? Levinson spins a tale of surprises, peeling back one revelation only to find another in this tightly wrought, wickedly cynical look at the worlds of academia, publishing, and celebrity. 

  Catherine Strayed is living a quiet, un?remarkable life in a secluded college town following the mysterious death of her husband, a promising writer whose death may have been an accident, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder. When her former mentor (and onetime lover)—a powerful critic who singlehandedly destroyed her late husband’s chance for success—takes a teaching job at the college, Catherine’s world threatens to collapse. For with him has come his latest protégé, an exotic young woman named Antonia Lively. Antonia’s debut novel has become a literary sensation—but it is, in fact, an almost factual retelling of ?a terrible crime that she relates without ?any concern for the impact its publication will have on the lives of those involved.
  As Antonia insinuates herself into Catherine’s life, mysterious and frightening things start to happen, because unbeknownst to Catherine, the younger woman intends to plunder her own dark, regrettable past—and the unsolved death of her husband—for her next literary triumph.

  Provocative and cunning, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence asserts that fiction is never truly fictional and asks, What does stealing another’s life do to your soul? Levinson spins a tale of surprises, peeling back one revelation only to find another in this tightly wrought, wickedly cynical look at the worlds of academia, publishing, and celebrity. 

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kayebarley reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Living in Mr. Levinson's world for a short while felt just right. Quirky characters, writers, books and book stores - all things I love and love in a well-written story. And Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence is, indeed, quite well written. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to more from this author.
c.archer reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I thank the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book prior to publication. I liked this story a lot. The characters were interesting, and the story was just quirky enough to make me want to know more. Perhaps I was also drawn to the story because of the idea of writers and book stores, a world that fascinates me. Whatever it was, I was transfixed by this book, and found myself looking for excuses to go back to reading until I was done. The ending is a bit unpredictable, but it seems to keep with the author's style. He choses to write about people who can't seem to let go of the hurts and errors of their pasts. They are unwilling to bring them out into the open, even with those closest to them. Eventually their secrets erode their relationships and caused things to go rotten much like a bruise on a banana. This book is a great character study in passion, ambition, and false loyalty. It will not particularly make you feel good at the end, but It will stay with you and continue to make you think. The ending was the one drawback of the book for me. It was a bit rushed and didn't work as well for me as I had hoped, but I found it a delightful premiere effort on the part of Mr Levinson. I will be looking for more from him, and I recommend this book to people who enjoy complex and character driven stories.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
The worlds of academia and literary criticism prove treacherous in Levinson's debut novel (after the short story collection Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will). After 18 months, Catherine Strayed still mourns her husband, Wyatt, a professor of creative writing whose first novel was recently published and whose death might have been a suicide caused by a devastating review from critic Henry Swallow. Unknown to Wyatt, Catherine, as a college student, had been a lover of the sexually predatory Henry. Meanwhile, to her discomfort, Henry is hired by her late husband's university after his death. Henry's talented creative writing protegee, Antonia Lively, who has a novel on the way, insinuates herself into Catherine's life. It turns out that the nakedly ambitious Antonia strip-mines the lives of those close to her for fiction. But will she be prepared to face the consequences of her actions? Although the story has the trappings of a psychological thriller, Levinson is more interested in charting the heedless ambition and corrosive jealousy of less-than-sympathetic characters, whose motivations are exposed through a series of clunky plot devices. Despite raising intriguing questions about a writer's responsibility, this novel too often strains credulity to truly illuminate the subject. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-04-08, Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
The worlds of academia and literary criticism prove treacherous in Levinson's debut novel (after the short story collection Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will). After 18 months, Catherine Strayed still mourns her husband, Wyatt, a professor of creative writing whose first novel was recently published and whose death might have been a suicide caused by a devastating review from critic Henry Swallow. Unknown to Wyatt, Catherine, as a college student, had been a lover of the sexually predatory Henry. Meanwhile, to her discomfort, Henry is hired by her late husband's university after his death. Henry's talented creative writing protegee, Antonia Lively, who has a novel on the way, insinuates herself into Catherine's life. It turns out that the nakedly ambitious Antonia strip-mines the lives of those close to her for fiction. But will she be prepared to face the consequences of her actions? Although the story has the trappings of a psychological thriller, Levinson is more interested in charting the heedless ambition and corrosive jealousy of less-than-sympathetic characters, whose motivations are exposed through a series of clunky plot devices. Despite raising intriguing questions about a writer's responsibility, this novel too often strains credulity to truly illuminate the subject. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-04-08, Publishers Weekly
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