Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place
David Leavitt
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' Very funny and unexpected, a material response to our times, plush as velvet' Rachel Cusk' A wickedly funny and emotionally expansive novel' Jenny OffillIt is the Saturday after the 2016 presidential election, and in a plush weekend house in Connecticut, a group of New Yorkers has gathered to recover from what they consider the greatest political catastrophe of their lives. Liberal and like-minded, the friends have come to the countryside in the hope of restoring the bubble in which they have grown used to living. Moving through her days accompanied by a carefully curated salon, Eva Lindquist is a generous hostess with an obsession for decorating. Yet when, in her avidity to secure shelter for herself, she persuades her husband to buy a grand if dilapidated apartment in Venice, she unwittingly sets off the chain of events that will propel him to venture outside the bubble and embark on an unexpected love affair. A slyly comic look at the shelter industry, Shelter in Place is a novel about house and home, furniture and rooms, safety and freedom and the insidious ways in which political upheaval can undermine even the most seemingly impregnable foundations.
A wickedly funny and emotionally expansive novel about all the bewildering ways we seek solace from the people and things that surround us -- Jenny Offill Very funny and unexpected, a material response to our times, plush as velvet -- Rachel Cusk Shelter in Place is a poignant, funny, wonderful novel, a pleasure and a joy -- Donald Antrim I' ve long been a fan of David Leavitt' s work, for its range, its depth, its smarts and its humour. He is a phenomenal and prescient writer -- Justin Torres David Leavitt is a masterful writer and his dialogue, his innate sense of the rhythm of how people talk to each other, both in public and in private, is absolutely incredible. It' s impossible not to be pulled into this novel, to see the epicentre of chaos in the lives of these characters, and listen to them try to talk themselves into a new imagining of the world. With precision and humour, Leavitt has created something amazing -- Kevin Wilson, author of ' Nothing to See Here' Leavitt is a master stylist . . . An important writer. He is the rarest of all birds - a man of letters -- Edmund White Utterly unpredictable and quite brilliant . . . One of the major voices of contemporary fiction. Moving, ravishing and fiercely ambitious, this is a novel to treasure -- Praise for ' The Two Hotel Francforts' * Guardian * A highly accomplished, urbane and satisfying novel -- Praise for ' The Two Hotel Francforts' * Literary Review *
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 non-fiction 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.