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Leonard Schiller is a novelist in his seventies, a second-string but respectable talent who produced only a small handful of books. Heather Wolfe is an attractive graduate student in her twenties. She read Schillers novels when she was growing up and they changed her life. When the ambitious Heather decides to write her masters thesis about Schillers work and sets out to meet him--convinced she can bring Schiller back into the literary worlds spotlight--the unexpected consequences of their meeting alter everything in Schillers ordered life. What follows is a quasi-romantic friendship and intellectual engagement that investigates the meaning of art, fame, and personal connection. "Nothing less than a triumph" (The New York Times Book Review), Starting Out in the Evening is Brian Mortons most widely acclaimed novel to date.