Shelter in Place

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

David Leavitt's novels and story collections include Family Dancing (finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lost Language of Cranes, While England Sleeps, Arkansas, The Indian Clerk (finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the IMPAC/Dublin Literary Award), and The Two Hotel Francforts. He is also the author of two nonfiction books, Florence, A Delicate Case and The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. He is co-director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida, where he is Professor of English and edits the journal Subtropics.


"'Humankind cannot stand very much reality.' So a character in David Leavitt's novel, Shelter in Place, quotes T. S. Eliot. Leavitt has written a brilliant comedy of manners about the convoluted ways that people of taste, affluence, privilege, breeding, etc. avoid looking too closely at their own part in said reality. Shelter in Place is a book about people who are essentially spectators, bystanders, but who wish to be more-to be people of action. Among the book's themes are the relationship between altruism and self-preservation, and the highly ephemeral nature of a certain kind of sophistication." --David Salle

"I've long been a fan of David Leavitt's work, for its range, its depth, its smarts and its humor. He is a phenomenal and prescient writer." --Justin Torres

"Brave and risky . . . Leavitt is a fluent, clever writer . . . he has such page-turning craft that you read enthusiastically." --The New York Times Book Review on THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS

"David Leavitt's lean, stylish new novel unfurls like a classic Hollywood film, crackling with intrigue and illicit romance . . .[Leavitt] transports the reader to wayward world racked by historic upheaval and intimate demons." --O, the Oprah Magazine, on THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS

"Leavitt writes beautifully and fluently, his scenes studded with precise detail . . . a bracing ending, proving Leavitt as much a master of clarity as he is of confusion." --Gay City News, on THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS

"A deftly executed piece of literary historical fiction." --The Washington Post, on THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS