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Book Title: Ambition and Love|
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The author of the book: Ward Just
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: June 2nd 1994
ISBN 13: 9780395681961
Format files: PDF
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This is a book about varieties of desire. Its heroine is a painter, Georgia Whyte, an American who has fled the turbulence of Los Angeles and Chicago for the anonymity of Europe. In Paris, she succeeds in living by her heart, expecting there will be a price and wondering what that price will be. Georgia's story is told through the ironic eyes of an old friend, another American in Paris, a writer who long ago lost his idealism but remembers it all too well. Once again, in Ambition & Love Ward Just moves easily between Old World and New, from his own native Midwest to the Paris he has come to know so intimately and about which he writes more evocatively than any other living American. In Georgia Whyte he has given us a heroine who is both a classic and an original, an American who seeks the spiritual fire of Europe while managing to preserve a fierce integrity. She works in obscurity and she finds the unexpected reward of love. In the words of Newsweek, Ward Just "has earned a place on the shelf just below Edith Wharton and Henry James." This, his tenth novel, is a story as trenchant and worldly as his readers have come to expect, and yet surprisingly romantic as well.
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Read information about the authorWard Just (born 1935) is an American writer. He is the author of 15 novels and numerous short stories.
Ward Just graduated from Cranbrook School in 1953. He briefly attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He started his career as a print journalist for the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun. He was also a correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post from 1959 to 1969, after which he left journalism to write fiction.
His influences include Henry James and Ernest Hemingway. His novel An Unfinished Season was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005. His novel Echo House was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He has twice been a finalist for the O. Henry Award: in 1985 for his short story About Boston, and again in 1986 for his short story The Costa Brava, 1959. His fiction is often concerned with the influence of national politics on Americans' personal lives. Much of it is set in Washington D.C. and foreign countries. Another common theme is the alienation felt by Midwesterners in the East.
According to Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley, Just's three finest novels are A Family Trust, An Unfinished Season and Exiles In The Garden.
Just was recently named one of the first recipients of a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Sarah Catchpole.
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