The Page Turner

The Page Turner

By:  David Leavitt

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At eighteen, Paul Porterfield's dream is to play the piano at the world's great concert halls, yet so far the closest he has come has been turning pages for his idol, Richard Kennington, a former piano prodigy on the cusp of middle age. Then, on vacation in Rome with his mother, Pamela, Paul encounters Kennington a second time. A love affair begins between the two - one that is complicated when Pamela misconstrues Kennington's attention toward her son as a sign of interest in her. Alarmed by the situation, Kennington flees Rome for New York, where Joseph Mansourian, his manager (and lover) of twenty-five years, awaits him; Paul, too, goes to New York to study at Juilliard. They do not see each other. Yet the brief affair will affect their lives in ways that neither could have predicted. "Why can't people have what they want?" It is around this question that David Leavitt's new novel so movingly pivots. By turns comic and heartbreaking, shrewd and intimate, The Page Turner testifies not only to the tenacity of the human spirit but to the resiliency of the human heart.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544087767

  • ISBN-10: 0544087763

  • Pages: 256

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 07/26/2012

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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David Leavitt

David Leavitt's first collection of stories, Family Dancing, was published when he was just twenty-three and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. The Lost Language of Cranes was made into a BBC film, and While England Sleeps was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. With Mark Mitchell, he coedited The Penguin Book of Short Stories, Pages Passed from Hand to Hand, and cowrote Italian Pleasures. Leavitt is a recipient of fellowships from both the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He divides his time between Italy and Florida.
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    "A wizard at blending levity and pathos, Leavitt writes gracefully about wounded, acutely self-conscious characters." The Chicago Tribune

    "[T]he sombre tale is absorbing from start to finish." The New Yorker

    "Leavitt explores loneliness, longing and entitlement with careful, precise language that is a privelege to read." The Detroit Free Press

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544087767

  • ISBN-10: 0544087763

  • Pages: 256

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 07/26/2012

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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