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Praise for Still in Love

"Beautifully and economically written, and very funny." —Linda Wertheimer, NPR

“Downing’s witty follow–up to
Perfect Agreement satisfyingly transports readers to college as teacher Mark Sternum begins winter term at Hellman College in New England . . . In depicting Mark’s ordinary semester, Downing poignantly illustrates the dynamics of the college classroom as well as its potential for lasting lessons, making for a resonant campus novel.” —Publishers Weekly

"Though this is a stand–alone, Downing's loyal readers will appreciate the depth and breadth of Mark’s character arc more than 20 years after his introduction, in
Perfect Agreement (1997). Depicting striving adjuncts, grade–grubbing students, and smug professors, Downing fearlessly pokes at the least glamorous aspects of academia. Fans of Richard Russo, Francine Prose, and Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members (2014) will enjoy Downing’s clear–eyed view from the ivory tower.” —Booklist

“By means both wry and warm, Michael Downing elucidates the meaning of the classroom—its space for reflection, rumination, and pause—in a world that doesn’t seem to be stopping.
Still in Love reminds me why he was one of my favorite professors ever.” —Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces

“Brilliantly sly and ferociously precise. Michael Downing writes about the idiosyncrasies, possibilities, and limitations of the classroom with wit and rare tenderness.
Still in Love is a joy.” —Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and A Partial History of Lost Causes

“This novel is a treasure—at once hilariously funny and genuinely moving. Downing gently pokes fun at university politics and the comedy of manners that every teacher witnesses on a daily basis. But don’t be fooled by the laughs. It is also a subtle, exquisite love letter to teaching, students, and the sacred space of the classroom.” —Alexandra Zapruder, author of
Twenty–Six Seconds

Still in Love is a rare occurrence in the book world, a lyrical and compassionate novel that is whip–smart and laugh–out–loud funny. And filled with terrific characters—a whole college classroom full, each more irresistible than the last. In conferences, lessons, and hallways chats, Downing captures the alchemy of teaching and learning. Along the way, he sounds the complex notes of race, beauty, heartbreak, grammar, gender, mortal illness, and growing up, but we never feel instructed, only enlightened. And deeply moved. Anyone who teaches anything should read this. (And for those in the business, the writing exercises included here are the best I’ve ever found.) But so should anyone who cares about young people, and learning, and love.” —Michelle Blake, author of the acclaimed Lily Connor mysteries

Book Description

  • Personal essay on his love for the website, (Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's, etc)
  • Op-ed on his experience in research for this book: the few books that addressed classroom teaching typically included lists of the habits of successful teachers, almost none of which he practices―and most of which he does his best not to practice (NYT, WaPo)
  • National media outreach to literary publications, newspapers, men's magazines (Esquire, GQ), NPR, literary podcasts
  • Further outreach to publications that have previously reviewed Downing (NPR, Washington Post, NYTBR, New Yorker, WSJ, etc.)
  • Local targeted media outreach in MA (potential interview on WBUR)
  • Potential interview on Amazon's Omnivoracious (earlier book was an Amazon Best Book of the Year)
  • Author promotion through website at

    Event Schedule
  • Author events throughout MA
  • Potential panel at AWP 2019 (Portland, OR)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Counterpoint (January 15, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1640091475
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1640091474
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.27 x 0.79 x 9.31 inches
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