In Salthill-on-Hudson, a half-hour train ride from Manhattan, everyone is rich, beautiful, and -- though they look much younger -- middle-aged. But when Adam Berendt, a charismatic, mysterious sculptor, dies suddenly in a brash act of heroism, shock waves rock the town. But who was Adam Berendt? Was he in fact a hero, or someone more flawed and human?
“Hilarious and mournful. [Oates’s] realism is laced with suspense, her mastery of storytelling on full display.”
“A magnificent treat.… Middle Age is the work of a master in her prime.”
-San Francisco Chronicle