March's Pick 2006

The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Image representing cover of The Confessions of Max Tivoli The Confessions of Max Tivoli

by Andrew Sean Greer

Moving beyond the science fiction premise of a man aging backwards, The Confessions of Max Tivoli becomes more of a meditation on love and loss, memory and the ability to live in a changing present. Although Max’s body grows increasingly younger from his 70 year old beginning, his mind continues to develop in the standard chronological fashion, imparting his strange journey with the benefit of increased wisdom. Max is able to meet the love of his life, Alice, at three separate ages, allowing him a unique try at second and even third chances for love. The city of San Francisco figures prominently in the book. Its past proves no less fascinating to ponder and unlock than Max’s own. For On the Same Page, the Library has purchased the 2004 paperback edition of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It is also available at the Library as an unabridged talking book in CD and audiocassette formats.

Andrew Sean Greer at the Main

About the Author

Photo of Andrew Sean Greer Andrew Sean Greer was born, along with his identical twin brother, to two scientists in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Brown University, he received his Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. His writing career gained momentum after he moved to San Francisco, with his work published in Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He won the Ploughshares Cohen Award for Best Short Story in 1996. His collection of short stories, How It Was for Me, and his first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, were published in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and garnered excellent reviews. His second novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, was equally lauded when it was published in 2004. It was chosen for the Today Show book club, was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the gold medal in fiction at the Commonwealth Club’s 74th annual California Book Awards, and earned Mr. Greer the honor of San Francisco Library Laureate in 2005.

Of Related Interest

  • Inskeep, Steve. Morning Edition (NPR) May 14, 2004 (available through the Library’s database: EBSCOHost Newspaper Source) The author is interviewed by Susan Stamberg.
  • Meet the Writers. Online interview with the author.
  • Sarvas, Mark. The Elegant Variation; a Literary Weblog. May 17, 2004 Online interview with the author.

Related Program

Andrew Sean Greer at the Main
Andrew Sean Greer will read from The Confessions of Max Tivoli.
March 15, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library, Lower Level, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
For more information, call 415-557-4277.

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