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Chicago Professor Martin Gregory is the author of a critically acclaimed novel of love and longing, a cult favorite among women. The book brings him unexpected status and prestige, but also unwelcome fame.

A love affair with one of his students derails his career and breaks his heart. Coming to terms with a life knocked off balance, Martin retreats to a quiet English villag
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Bonnie Buck
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a fast-paced read that picks up steam as the main character travels cross-country by train trying to sort out a decision that will determine the course of the rest of his life. As the main character gets closer to his destination, the story becomes more frantic... and leaves you wanting more. Sign me up for the sequel.
Veryan
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Well Respected Man by David W Berner

From the opening paragraph I knew I was going to enjoy this book, and enjoy it I did - enormously. However, (nothing to do with the book) I read the story on my ipad, which gave no indication of the length of the book or how far along I was, and I was flying along totally engrossed in the conundrum facing the main protagonist, a likable man called Martin Gregory, and wondering what decision he was going to arrive at when, quite unexpectedly (to me) the story
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Team Golfwell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked “A Well-Respected Man” written by David W. Berner. It is a very well written and highly emotional story which begins in Banbury, England where the main character, Martin, meets a lady holding a yellow umbrella who tells him, “I believe you have written about my life… and I hope I may speak with you.” Martin dismisses her and tells her any reference in his book is mere coincidence. She persists, and (I was hooked into this story at this point) and Martin later meets her and learns more fr ...more
Grady
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Mr. Martin Gregory? “I believe you have written about my life. I hope that I may speak with you.”

Having read and been deeply moved by David's ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE, this reader wrote the following: ‘Chicago author David W. Berner has been around the block - he is an award-winning journalist, writer, documentarian, and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches Writing for Radio, Radio Storytelling, and Radio/Audio Documentary in the Radio Department at CCC. His e
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Steve Conoboy
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Martin Gregory, who has found a fame he doesn't want from an unexpectedly popular book, makes a mistake that costs him dearly. An affair with one of his students pulls his world apart, and he seeks the solitude of a remote English village. Peace, however, will not come easily.

David's writing has a clarity which makes it easy for the reader to connect with his characters, and we quickly learn much about him - how he is detached from the success of his book, how brief fame did little to
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Andrew Cairns
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving story of a writer trying to find meaning in his life. The main character is a middle-aged man called, Martin, who - following a failed controversial romance with one of his students - quits his job as English professor at Elmhurst University near Chicago, and moves to England in an attempt to start afresh. He takes on a teaching position in the academy of Banbury, a small town in the south of England, and plays guitar in an amateur band. His past eventually catches up with him, ...more
Rita Dragonette
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Man’s Story of Women. Or is it?
Martin, the well-respected man of the title, has run in annoyance from his fame from an early novel that made countless female literary groupies feel that he alone understood them, because he so well understood all women. Now, having fled the States and teaching in a British backwater, he is found again. But this time his yearning visitor turns out to be an emissary sent by someone from his past, with an outrageous request, one that will challenge everything he f
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Ibrahim Oga
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Well Respected Man is deep.

It's been a while since I read anything like this. The author concentrated on the depth of the characters. He made sure we saw and understood the inner thoughts of Martin. He focused on the internal rather than what was happening on the external, and yet the narration was gripping.
This book is a simple, yet profound, tale of decisions we take and the choices available to us. It's about how the past always seem to weigh in on the future. How today is part of our past
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Randy Richardson
Memoirist and essayist David W. Berner makes a seamless return to fiction with his contemplative, moving second novel, A Well-Respected Man. A hardback copy of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, sits unread on the nightstand of the novel’s middle-aged protagonist, Martin Gregory, who has settled into a comfortable life as a professor at a college in a quiet English village. A sense of complacency has set in for Martin, whose past includes a novel that had brought him mild fame and a love that he has ...more
Laura
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer's style is excellent, and the characters and setting are quite detailed. It's an easy book to read and get lost in. However, I couldn't get excited about the main character, and didn't get enough sense of the back story to be interested in his former love interest. Therefore, his reaction to her sudden "reappearance" seemed a bit off-kilter, and the ending was anticlimactic. Maybe the author will write a sequel so we can see what happens to these characters. ...more
Nancy Chadwick
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A two day train ride across the country gives Martin Gregory the time he needs to make a life-changing decision. Berner lets you in on the emotional telling of this well-respected man, with dialogue in all the right places, laying out a story where love may not necessarily be lost.
Donna
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I wanted a faster storyline, with action and narrative to move the story forward, with a lot less telling (which I felt was unnecessary as Berner writes very well). I was ready, impatient to be hooked with a "ah-ha" moment as main character, middle-aged English professor Martin tries to find himself after an affair with a student and relocates to England. Reader, not to worry: Patience did win the day, due to Martin's intriguing dilemma and Berner's clever plot turn (no spoiler alerts!).

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David Berner's interesting weave of mystery, self-examination, and subtle humor pulls taut in unexpected ways while the central character is surfing the shock waves of a revelation that has him at odds with himself and others. Reading in part like a diary, in part like a live story telling, Berner's voice is very clear and easy to identify with, though his character might be embroiled in circumstances far from one's own. The dialogue is loose and well paced and often funny, and there are several ...more
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David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. As a writer, he has been the recipient of awards from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors and the Chicago Writers Association. David has more than forty years experience in broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor, news director, and program director. He regularly contributes to the CBS Radio Network and has ...more

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