One of the great secret masters.-Jonathan Lethem A hip Saul Bellow.-Publishers Weekly The twenty-sixth book of fiction by the award-winning Baltimore ... Show synopsis One of the great secret masters.-Jonathan Lethem A hip Saul Bellow.-Publishers Weekly The twenty-sixth book of fiction by the award-winning Baltimore writer sets up a situation that the protagonist-Meyer, a prolific fiction writer from Baltimore-finds preposterous: writer's block. After numerous books, Meyer has never experienced writer's block before, and panic sets in. In a story rife with Stephen Dixon's trademark zest and style, Meyer proceeds to rifle through all the possible aspects of his life that could make for good fiction, and to try whatever it takes to get writing again. Sometimes sex with his wife helps, so he tries that without luck-several times, just to be sure. He wonders if he should try sex with one of the neighbors. He wonders if he should try writing about his parents' death . . . again. He wonders about concocting awful things for himself and his family. He wonders about concocting wonderful things for himself and his family. He wonders what he's doing, and tries sex with his wife again. It is, in short, Stephen Dixon at his best: stylish, funny, moving, and relentless as ever in his pursuit of the small, meaningful, and ultimately powerful revelations of everyday life. Stephen Dixon is the author of Old Friends, Phone Rings, and numerous other books. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award and has won honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.