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.”

“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