A Stone Boat

A Novel

A Stone Boat

A finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize, A Stone Boat is an achingly beautiful, deeply perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the startling changes wrought by grief, loss, and self-discovery.

Harry, an internationally celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs—one with a longtime female friend—that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it.

Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, A Stone Boat is a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother, by America’s foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience.
  • Scribner | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476710914 | 
  • June 2013

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About the Author

Andrew Solomon
Photo Credit: © Annie Leibovitz

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University, president of PEN American Center, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine. A lecturer and activist, he is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and a novel, A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. His TED talk on depression has over 4 million views. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend. For more information, visit the author’s website at AndrewSolomon.com.

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