All That Is: a new novel from one of the greatest living writers

07 January 2013

As 2013 dawns, journalists, authors, and early readers are buzzing with praise for a certain author and one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the year to come. 

In May, Picador will be publishing renowned American author James Salter’s All That Is, his first full length novel in 34 years.

This masterpiece is a smooth, absorbing narrative studded with bright particulars. If God is in the details, this book is divine.The best novel I’ve read in years. All That Is will be treasured by its readers. Salter’s vivid, lucid prose does exquisite justice to his subject—the relentless struggle to make good on our own humanity. Once again he has delivered to us a novel of the highest artistry.

Celebrated for his distinctive economy of prose, Salter’s seductive love story, set in post-World War II America, follows the passions and regrets of one man over his lifetime. In an alcohol-fuelled world of failed marriages, struggling writers and competitive sales, ex-naval officer and book editor Philip Bowman must negotiate a labyrinth of ambition and desire. After years of unsuccessful relationships, his devastating betrayal by a woman he loves sets him on a course he could never have imagined for himself.

All That Is explores the great themes of Salter’s writing: warfare, love, sex, marriage, and the meaning of writing itself. 

But don’t just take our word for it: below is a selection of  advance praise from five of the greatest names in literature:

'A consistently elegant and enjoyable novel, full of verve and wisdom.'

'Enthralling . . . A vividly imagined and beautifully written evocation of a postwar world.A beautiful novel, with sufficient love, heartbreak, vengeance, identity confusion, longing, and euphoria of language to have satisfied Shakespeare.'

Watch a video of James Salter on writing

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