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In these pages, Jonathan Galassithe longtime publisher of Farrar, Straus and Girouxgives us an extraordinarily sensitive, satirically sharp novel set in the world of books that he knows so well. At the center is Paul Dukach, editor-in-chief and heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of New Yorks last great independent publishing houses. But despite all his success, Paul remains obsessed with the writer who got away: the poet Ida Perkins, whose outsize life and work have made her a celebrityand who is published by Sterns biggest rival. When Paul at last meets Ida at her Venetian palazzo, she entrusts him with her greatest secretone that will change all their lives. Filled with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, Muse is a salty valentine to the people who write, sell, and, above all, read the books that shape our lives.