Daniel Menaker

Praise for My Mistake

“How can something written so accurately be so witty? Don’t you have to cheat a bit to wring the humor out of life?

Daniel Menaker has constructed a compelling tale that irises down to a powerful and emotional climax and is delivered in exacting prose woven into affecting poetry.”

— Steve Martin

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My Mistake, only sometimes rueful, is also funny and splendidly precise about a life led in the world of editing and publishing–a behind-the-scenes rumination of a time gone by. Intriguing now, it will be necessary later; readers will be thankful for this delightful piece of history.”

—Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys

“Daniel Menaker’s distinctive journey through his own memories is impossible to resist—and not just for those of us with an appetite for literary anecdote. My Mistake is also the story of literary New York, with keen, vivid impressions from Menaker’s Forties childhood, Cold War coming-of-age, and a long career at the epicenter of the publishing industry during the onslaught of the Digital Age.”

—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“I can’t remember when I’ve read a memoir this—let’s say ‘soulful.’ Funny, sad, and wryly self-aware, Menaker shines a bright light on his own background, our literary life, and his own path through it.”

—James Gleick, author of The Information

“My Mistake brings to mind the poetic prose of James Agee. Menaker’s stories of life as fiction editor at The New Yorker and Random House are a delight, the way he tells them simply perfect. Humorous, thoughtful, heartbreaking and brave. I have not enjoyed a memoir more.”

—Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of Please Excuse My Daughter and You Had me at Woof