Last Summer of the World


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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
5.55 X 8.26 X 0.96 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Mitchell's stories have been published in Harper's, Ploughshares, New England Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Maryland. Her novel The Last Summer of the World was published in 2007. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


In this debut novel, the life of a celebrated artist is imagined with the sensibility of a seasoned author...With a plot relentless in its inevitability, and the language shifting from spare to lush, Mitchell's voice is refined and graceful depicting what is not: war and the dissolution of a marriage.-- "Providence Journal"
Her story, written with grace and precision, doesn't want for scope, and Ms. Mitchell's shrewd restraint lends her work a concentrated power.-- "New York Sun"
Beautifully rendered.-- "Salon"
Finely in detail...Mitchell has a lyrical sensibility and a glorious ability to write about art.-- "Madison Capital Times"
Dazzling...a devastating portrait of the insanity of war.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Mitchell's prose is engaging and spirited...A striking novel highlighting the rich experience of artists in Europe in the early 1900s and the inner life of a conflicted individual.-- "Library Journal"
Mitchell vividly imagines the terror of these historic dogfights...Enriching her intensely psychological tale with cameos of Auguste Rodin and others. Mitchell evokes the spell of creativity and the pain of rupture when following one's vision severely complicates relationships.-- "Booklist"
Mitchell has chosen an innovative and unusual narrative structure of chronological fragmentation...Mitchell establishes a context for individual photographs and deftly handles moments of personal crisis in Steichen's life and career...A novel in which the chaos and fragmentation of war mirror the chaos and fragmentation of personal relationships.-- "Kirkus Reviews"