A PEN/Hemingway Award winner and finalist for the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, and National Book Critics' Circle Award, Louis Begley offers listeners the third novel starring retired lawyer Albert Schmidt. "Schmidtie" (to people who know him) is languishing alone, with only two real friends and his daughter in contact. Readying his home in the Hamptons for a visit from his estranged friend Alice, Schmidt hopes to resurrect a relationship he left in shambles a decade ago.
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