By Louis Begley
As he attempts to make his existence liveable again--after the devastating lack of his wife--retired legal professional Albert Schmidt reveals the opportunity of regeneration in a brand new love the outdated "Schmidtie" may by no means have dreamt of. Set within the Hamptons and Mahnattan, and laced with black humor, approximately Schmidt casts a chilly, pitiless eye at the japanese seaboard top type, the final vestiges of once-ascendant WASPs, and the rookies whose fortunes are rising.
BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage.
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But never in a fake commune, where he felt the obligation to consult those two about calling the plumber, repainting the house blue, or ripping out a hedge! He wasn’t going to try to save the capital gains tax on the apartment. Instead of sinking two million dollars into a house like Martha’s, he would buy a shack in Sag Harbor, among Mary’s former publishing colleagues, give up shaving and visits to the barber, putter around in L. L. Bean togs, and get his summer meals at book party buffets if the invitations to them didn’t dry up!
And then the thought he had not allowed to form while he was touring the garden was complete, impossible to set aside for some later hour when he would have a drink in his hand and music in which he could lose himself on the turntable. Clearly, he would have to leave this house: the only trick was how to do it without Charlotte’s knowing it was because of Jon, or, if that realization could not be avoided, to do it in such a manner that she would take it as a good development for her father, a sign of returning optimism, something on the order of her own decision to found the next generation of the family, with him now willing to stand on his own feet in a new life.
No doubt, Jon would wear a ring. It occurred to him, not for the first time, that this large, very handsome young man’s hairline wasn’t what it used to be. Probably he worried about it; a small pocket mirror might be lurking in one of the pockets of that attaché case. Nicely put! Thanks for the old-fashioned sentiment. Congratulations! You are the first to know, Al. I haven’t even told my parents. Schmidt disliked being called Al, slightly preferring Albert, which was his given name and, therefore, couldn’t be helped.