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The Promise of Elsewhere

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A comic novel about a Midwestern professor who tries to prop up his failing prospects for happiness by setting out on the Journey of a Lifetime.

Louie Hake is forty-three and teaches architectural history at a third-rate college in Michigan. His second marriage is collapsing, and he's facing a potentially disastrous medical diagnosis. In an attempt to fend off what has beco
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Bonnie E.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A review in the Chicago Tribune piqued my curiosity about this book, with travels to Rome, London and Greenland featured in the story line. Having been to the first two places and wanting to get to the last, I was interested in reading about the main character's experiences in each.

Louie Hake is the middle aged traveler who heads out into the world from his home in Michigan where he has been a architectural history professor at Ann Arbor College for his entire career. His second wife Florence h
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Jeanne
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t empathize nor care about any of the characters not situations. Sadly, I couldn’t finish this one though I tried
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me this arc for an honest review
Steve
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I can typically tell if I'm going to enjoy a book or not after reading the first page. But, in case the author is a slow starter, I typically give it 25 pages to get off the ground. The time I spent reading the first 25 pages of this book comes under the category of Time Out of My Life Wasted that I'll Never Get Back. His writing is so pretentious that reading 25 pages was an affront to my standards as a reader. It's evident that he indeed is familiar with a great many $10 words in the English l ...more
Thomas
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Masterful writer. Will definitely read other works.

This novel offers a journey on many levels, woven nicely throughout.
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BRAD LEITHAUSER is a widely acclaimed poet and novelist and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship. This is his seventeenth book. He is a professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and divides his time between Baltimore and Amherst.