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Indian Summer by William Dean Howells

Indian Summer

Indian Summer by William Dean Howells
Sep 30, 2004 | 336 Pages
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    Sep 30, 2004 | 336 Pages

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“…[a] delicious novel of romance in late 19th—century Italy.”
— Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“Again and again in Indian Summer, the felicity of the writing makes us pause in admiration….A midlife crisis has rarely been sketched in fiction with better humor, with gentler comedy and more gracious acceptance of life’s irrevocability.”
— John Updike

“A lesser—known entry in the Americans—in—Europe genre, the school of novels ruled by Edith Wharton and Henry James, William Dean Howells’ comedy of manners, Indian Summer, is as sublime as they come…Indian Summer is not, however, a tragic novel. Ultimately, it’s one of those rare works…about the deep, unexpected satisfactions to be found in compromise…Indian Summer is what we mean when we invoke irony that does not mean hollow attitude, when we say something is civilized without meaning rarefied, when subtlety does not preclude accessibility, when optimism is earned. It’s exquisite.”

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