Baker & Taylor After learning he is the literary executor of his former colleague, Peter Sullivan's, unpublished manuscripts, which all revolve around the life of Lord Byron, the narrator becomes fascinated by his prose and the rumors surrounding Peter's life.
Norton Pub When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron—including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment. Ben’s own literary career is in the doldrums, and he tries to revive it by publishing and writing about his dead friend, whose reimagining of Byron’s lost memoirs—titled Childish Loves—may provide a key to Sullivan’s own life and tarnished reputation.Acting as a literary sleuth, Ben sorts through boxes of Sullivan’s writing; reads between the lines of his scandalous, Byron- inspired stories; meets with the Society for the Publication of the Dead; and tracks down people from Peter’s past in an effort to untangle rumor from reality. In the process, he crafts a masterful story-within-a-story that turns on uncomfortable questions about childhood and sexual awakening, innocence and attraction, while exploring the lives of three very different writers and their brushes with success and failure in both literature and life. The last piece of a literary puzzle falls into place in the final novel of Benjamin Markovits’s Byron trilogy.
Baker & Taylor "Byron sets off for Greece, after the failure of his involvement in the Italian revolution, to fight for Greek independence. His relationship with Countess Guicciolli has declined, on his side at least, into an affection which seems indistinguishable from the absence of true feeling. He has wasted his passion for life; for men, for children, for his sister, for his own childhood. There is nothing left. He is sailing away to die. On arrival in Greece, one of the boys sent to serve him catches his eye. It strikes him as indicative of his decline in reputation and increase in age that nothing in his person or personality can interest the child. The boy's indifference soon enflames Byron into stronger desires. Wooing the pretty Greek boy, as Byron lies dying, becomes a test not only of his gift for winning the world round to him, as he always could, but of his own ability to feel again, and its corollary: to write." -- Publisher description.