All That Is (2013) James Salter is often labeled a "writer's writer," meaning critical acclaim has come more easily than popular success. So it's no surprise that the short-story… 2013-04-02 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

All That Is (2013)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 02, 2013; Writer: James Salter; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

James Salter is often labeled a ''writer's writer,'' meaning critical acclaim has come more easily than popular success. So it's no surprise that the short-story specialist's All That Is — his first since novel 1979 — plunges into the capricious world of book publishing, as WWII vet-turned-editor Philip Bowman navigates literary parties, author egos, and numerous affairs. Think Mad Men with more tweed. Salter opts for a panoramic view of Bowman's life, bloating the narrative with minor characters' backstories. But the sentence-to-sentence craftsmanship is stunning, and Salter can still write a perfect love scene. B+

Originally posted Mar 27, 2013 Published in issue #1253 Apr 05, 2013 Order article reprints