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Fiction Contemporary Women

The Mythmakers

A Novel

by (author) Keziah Weir

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Jun 2023
Contemporary Women, Literary, Family Life
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
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Three writers, two marriages, one affair—and infinite sides to the story. A beguiling prismatic novel about perspective and memory, the battle between creative ambition and love, and the trials and tribulations of finding out who you really are, at any stage in your life.

Sal Cannon is a struggling magazine writer trying to overcome the professional humiliation of being conned by a serial liar. Her life is further unmoored when she comes across a short story in The Paris Review written by Martin Keller, the much older author she met at a literary event years ago. Much to her surprise, the piece is undeniably about her and their brief time together. Desperate to read more of the unpublished novel, she is shocked to learn that Martin has died, and his story published posthumously. But as her own life and relationships fall apart, Sal makes a rash decision: she will seek out Martin’s widow, Moira, and convince her to let Sal read the rest of Martin’s story. Her story.

Over a single summer, Sal will find herself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic Moira, a brilliant theoretical physicist who proves to be much more than she bargained for. And what Sal will discover is the larger, ever-shifting story of not just one marriage but two, as she unravels the secret histories of those closest to Martin Keller.

A beautifully written novel that elegantly brings together the worlds of art and science, The Mythmakers is a compulsively readable and captivating story about authorship, memory, time, and those moments when the trajectories of our lives are forever altered. And it reminds us
that there are infinite sides to every story—and infinite possibilities for every life.

About the author

Contributor Notes

KEZIAH WEIR is a senior editor at Vanity Fair. The Mythmakers is her first novel. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Elle, and Esquire. She holds a BA from Bard College. A dual US-Canadian citizen, she was born in San Francisco to two classical musicians, and was raised there and on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. She now lives in Maine with her husband and dog.