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About Schmidt

(1996)
(The first book in the Schmidt series)
A novel by

 
Louis Begley's perceptive novel hums with emotional energy and shimmers with haunting images. A National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist, About Schmidt is a powerful meditation on loneliness, desire, and transformation.

Old-school lawyer Albert Schmidt has spent years carefully climbing the ladder of success. But now, at what should be the pinnacle of his career, his life is in chaos. Within months, he is widowed and forcibly retired from his firm. He harbors painfully mixed feelings about his ambitious daughter's impending marriage. Suddenly, in the midst of this turmoil, a seductive young woman asks Smitty what he wants.

Far from being a time of satisfaction and complacency, the middle age encountered by Begley's hero is the beginning of a new journey-tantalizing, yet unnerving. From the first step, Begley draws the listener deeply into a man's quest for new ways to understand an unstable world.

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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-517-27624-0 / 978-0-517-27624-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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September 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-679-45033-5 / 978-0-679-45033-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: About Schmidt. Film Tie-in.
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-345-46174-6 / 978-0-345-46174-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc.
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 1-85242-843-0 / 978-1-85242-843-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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September 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: About Schmidt (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-449-91116-0 / 978-0-449-91116-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


February 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: About Schmidt
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-7887-9027-7 / 978-0-7887-9027-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: About Schmidt: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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