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The Blackmailer's Guide to Love: A Novel

The Blackmailer's Guide to Love: A Novel

by Marian Thurm


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Chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best books of fiction of 2021

One of the many well-educated Ivy League graduates with literary ambitions who flock to New York City every year, 25-year-old Melissa Fleischer has the great fortune to being hired as the assistant to Austin Bloch, an editor responsible for refining and publishing the work of some of America’s most esteemed writers. But after she begins working at this prestigious magazine in the late 1970’s, Mel soon learns that the extravagantly long lunches her boss indulges in actually belie his affairs with a stream of young women. Mel is left in the distressing position of lying about these never-ending betrayals to Austin’s wife, Hillarie, who often calls while he is out of the office.

But then, unexpectedly, the New Yorker begins publishing Mel’s short stories, offering a spectacular start to what she hopes will be a long and fruitful writing career. Unfortunately, the exhilaration of being published by the magazine she reveres most is soon diminished both by Mel’s deeply painful discovery that her own marriage—like Austin’s—is far from idyllic, and her continuing complicity in his betrayals. And nothing seems more difficult than the effort it will take to keep her marriage from falling apart.

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ISBN-13: 9781953002105
Publisher: Delphinium
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Marian Thurm is the author of seven novels and four short story collections, including the most recent, Today Is Not Your Day, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and The Pleasure Palace (published May 2021). Her novel The Clairvoyant was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Michigan Quarterly, Narrative Magazine, the Southampton Review, and many other magazines, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories, and numerous other anthologies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, German, and Italian. She has taught at Yale and Barnard, in the MFA programs at Columbia University and Brooklyn College, the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence, and at the Yale Writers’ Workshop. Marian Thurm is a native of New York, raised in Oceanside on Long Island and living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan for the last 40 years.

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