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“Michael Downing renders his narrator’s feelings and actions so skillfully that each sentence seems at once surprising and completely true.”

New York Times Book Review

Michael Downing author

About Michael

MICHAEL DOWNING is the author of nine books, including the national bestseller Perfect Agreement; Breakfast with Scot, which was adapted as a feature film; Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center; and Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. A frequent commentator in the national media on Congress and the clocks, he taught creative writing at Tufts University.

About Still in Love

Michael Downing's last novel takes us into the lives of twelve talented undergraduates as they are forced to recognize their limits and, finally, learn to love them. Replete with provocative writing prompts, harsh criticism, and contrarian advice, this novel is also a chance to see how you would fare as a student at a competitive New England college.

At the front of this classroom is veteran teacher Mark Sternum, whom readers first met in Downing’s critically acclaimed national bestseller, Perfect Agreement.  Twenty years older, separated from his longtime lover, Mark is saddled with an assignment to critique higher education at private colleges....

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“Perceptive... just in the nick of time.”

Wall Street Journal

“Beautifully and economically written, and very funny.”

—Linda Wertheimer, NPR

“One of the best books about Buddhism in contemporary America.”

—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“Witty, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, deftly insightful.”


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