Schmidt Delivered

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Selected Reviews

New York Times Book Review "Retirement Benefits" by Daphne Merkin, December 17, 2000 (Reprinted with permission on the linked page)

The Washington Post Book World "A literary triumph. [Schmidt] is human, masterfully drawn..." Carolyn See, November 26, 2000

New York Times Arts & Leisure Books of the Times; "The Geezer Has a Kitten (A Young Girlfriend, Too)" by Janet Maslin, December 14, 2000 

Book Jacket Synopsis

Recently widowed, Albert Schmidt has triumphantly rediscovered domestic bliss in the Hamptons with Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress who is younger than his daughter. Schmidt is content with keeping his own hours and steering his own course, even as he becomes entertained--and increasingly ensnared--by the odd billionaire Michael Mansour. Among Schmidt's other heartbreaks and delights is the scandal englufing his detested son-in-law. Where will it all lead? Is Mansour a true friend or just a big cat playing with a WASP mouse? Can May and December remain on the same calendar as the sun sets? Through it all, one thing is clear: Schmidt has found a new life far beyond the deck chair.

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