The First Warm Evening of the Year: A Novel (Paperback)

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I loved this story about the power of love to wreck havoc with passionless lives. Beautiful!

— Lisa


Following his extraordinary debut novel, Light of Day (“An exhilarating emotional roller-coaster ride” —Washington Post), author Jamie Saul now explores the intricate relationships between friends and siblings, husbands and wives.

The First Warm Evening of the Year is a breathtakingly beautiful, wonderfully resonant, and gorgeously evocative story that demonstrates how true love can be discovered in the most unexpected places. Finely wrought, character-driven literary fiction that packs an emotional wallop, Saul’s The First Warm Evening of the Year is for anyone who has ever been powerfully affected by a novel by Chris Bohjalian, Joyce Maynard, or Scott Spencer…and for everyone who adores getting lost in a great story.

About the Author

Jamie M. Saul was born and raised in New York City. He has written for various magazines, including People and Playboy. A two-time guest professor at Yale University, he was the recipient of the Poynter Fellowship. He is the author of the novel Light of Day. He lives in a small town in the Hudson Valley.

Praise For…

“Fans of gentle reads will enjoy the strong focus on relationships and the slow build between Marian and Geoffrey.” — Booklist on THE FIRST WARM EVENING OF THE YEAR

“There’s much to make this novel compelling.” — Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully rendered, psychologically astute novel about the risks—and joys—of love and loving.” — Shelf Awareness

“A powerful first novel.” — Indianapolis Star

“A moving and elegant novel that lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned.” —

“A heartfelt examination of one man’s grief with a dark and intriguing mystery pulsating beneath the surface.” — John Searles, author of Strange But True and Boy Still Missing

“A gripping tour de force that leaves us stunned and breathless.” — Orlando Sentinel

“A bold and impressive debut . . . In a gripping tour de force by a writer supremely confident of his vision, Saul leaves us stunned and breathless, waiting for the next chapter in what one hopes will be a long and illustrious career.” — Orlando Sentinel

It’s the mystery of what happened to Danny that will carry you through this book . . .The ending is a reminder that we are heartbreakingly vulnerable through our children.” — Arizona Republic

“This first novel rivals Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Deep End of the Ocean as a probing exploration into the psychology of grief . . . a gorgeous literary thriller of the highest caliber.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Saul’s first novel is a powerful look at memory, family, and unexpected tragedy . . . recommended.” — Library Journal

“Saul controls his material with almost flawless skill. . . . A fine thriller, stocked with solid, effective characters and characterizations.” — Terre Haute (Indiana) Tribune-Star

“Quietly affecting . . . a debut with enormous depth of characterization and sympathy.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Powerful . . . [An] intense first achievement . . .difficult to put down” — Indianapolis Star

“One of the most satisfying and poignant novels readers will come across this year.” — Anniston Star

“Like an arrow to the heart, Jamie Saul’s page-turner novel sears through the psyche to hit bedrock.” — Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits

“LIGHT OF DAY is a haunting, beautifully-written and heart-wrenching debut.” — Harlan Coben, New York Times-bestselling author of Just One Look

“How does a novel become a work of classic literature? My betting is that this first novel by a new author will eventually be seen that way. . . . Anyone who wants in on the ground floor of that decision should grab the book now.” — Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)

“Heartbreaking and well-written.” — Winston-Salem Journal

“From its poignant opening chapter to its breathtaking conclusion, nothing about this writer or book is less than extraordinary.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Breakdown Lane

“Exhilarating. . . .One of those debut novels that delivers the goods with style and compassion.” — Washington Post Book World

“An intellectual thriller laced with subtle clues throughout its gracious prose.” — Chicago Tribune Books

“In this engaging novel, a Manhattan man finds romance—and a few other surprises—when he goes to settle the estate of an old friend.” (#1 Pick) — O, the Oprah Magazine

“[T]he story flows quickly...Saul’s writing and vocabulary are sophisticated and learned.” —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061449734
ISBN-10: 0061449733
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Pages: 320
Language: English