The Resource Schmidt steps back, Louis Begley

Schmidt steps back, Louis Begley

Label
Schmidt steps back
Title
Schmidt steps back
Statement of responsibility
Louis Begley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When we last saw Albert Schmidt Esq. ("Schmidtie" to all near and dear), he had been expelled from paradise: his love Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress forty years his junior, had taken up with a blond giant nearer her age and possibly the father of her baby--assuming it isn't Schmidt. Meanwhile, his only confirmed child, Charlotte, had proposed a truce in their perennially strained relations, which Schmidt accepted, despite its obliging him to resume dealings with her repulsive husband and her mother-in-law-cum-psychiatrist, whose life's work has been turning Charlotte decisively against Schmidt. The curtain rises on "Schmidt Steps Back" some thirteen years later: New Year's Eve 2008, the dawn of the age of Obama. Schmidt's affection for the young president-elect is boundless, and as he imagines a better day for his country, he dares to hope there's one for him too. It so happens Schmidtie is readying his Hamptons house for the visit of a lady from Paris: the irresistible Alice Verplanck, widow of his former law partner and surely a more appropriate prospect for a man now seventy-eight. But there's a history, and it's complicated. In fact, Schmidt hasn't seen Alice since the summer of 1995, when he behaved like a brute upon discovering a betrayal of sorts and pronounced her unworthy of his unstinting love and commitment. Alice is finally ready to forgive him, but she still doubts that Schmidtie can ever be content. She demands that he think long and hard about their past, and while he's at it Schmidtie finds himself also reviewing the reversals and tragedies that have brought him to an unimagined isolation and loneliness. With no family he can claim but Carrie, now married and expecting a second child, and only two real friends left--his college roommate Gil Blackman and the irrepressible billionaire Mike Mansour--Schmidt sees in Alice's impending visit his last chance, before the sun sets on the Hamptons, for a life that is more than merely staying alive
Member of
Summary
Struggling to recover from Carrie the waitress's rejection and his daughter's marriage to a Jewish man, lawyer Albert Schmidt hopes for renewal when both Carrie and his daughter become pregnant and when he falls for a beautiful French widow
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10030756
Cataloging source
BT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Begley, Louis
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Albert Schmidt novels
Series volume
0003
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schmidt, Albert (Fictitious character)
  • Older men
  • WASPs (Persons)
  • Retirees
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Domestic fiction
  • East Hampton (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Schmidt steps back, Louis Begley
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
369 p.
Isbn
9780307700650
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307700650
Label
Schmidt steps back, Louis Begley
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
369 p.
Isbn
9780307700650
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307700650

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