All That Is by James Salter
Americana: Salter is one of the most celebrated living American writers, and after a seven-year hiatus, he returns with possibly his best work yet. Plot notes: A recent World War II vet lands a job as an editor, a profession that opens doors to an elite nightlife where Philip Bowman must make peace with his past in order to create a productive future. Amuse-bouche: New to Salter? Start with his complex, heart-wrenching, and beautiful story “Last Night,” which ran in The New Yorker in 2002.