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Publisher Description

Longing tells the story of the greatest artistic couple in history, Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck. They met when she was eight years old and he was seventeen, drawn together first by music and then by their passion for each other. Drawing on their letters and remarkably frank journals, J. D. Landis writes of Clara and Robert’s enforced separations, their marriage, their artistic triumphs and failures, and finally their shared devotion to, and love for, a young genius who both came between them and brought them together for the last time.
Longing was a New York Times Notable Book. It was also named by The Guardian (London) as the second finest novel about music (the first being Thomas Bernhard’s Loser, a judgment with which Mr. Landis is delighted to concur).

“Glorious fiction.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
“Charged with the drama of passion, unrecognized genius, madness, and early death.” —Newsday
“Richly conveys both the joy and the sorrow of the Schumanns’ extraordinary love story.” —Los Angeles Times
“Brings these fascinating geniuses to vivid life.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Strikingly original . . . Landis tells us that the Schumanns’ marriage was vivid, full of humor, vitality, and a great hunger for music . . . Landis has seamlessly interwoven his text with ideas (about language and music, genius, imagination, and the nature of human devotion) that are very much his own . . . It is almost as if Landis himself were conducting a score, with the two characters his human instruments.” —The New York Times Book Review

J. D. Landis is the author of numerous works of fiction for adults and young readers, including Lying in Bed, which won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The Sisters Impossible, which was an International Reading Association Children’s Choice. He has long been at work on a novel about the life of Dagny Juel. He lives in New Hampshire.

Fiction & Literature
December 16
Open Road Distribution