Magnificence

Magnificence

A Novel

Paperback - 2013
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Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is "one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Scott Timberg,nbsp;Los Angeles Times).nbsp;Salon praised her for writing that is "always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself." The Village Voice added, "If Kurt Vonnegut were still alive, he would be extremely jealous."This stunning new novel presents Susan Lindley, a woman adrift after her husband's death and the dissolution of her family. Embarking on a new phase in her life after inheriting her uncle's sprawling mansion and its vast collection of taxidermy, Susan decides to restore the neglected, moth-eaten animal mounts, tending to "the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails." Meanwhile an equally derelict human menagerie--including an unfaithful husband and a chorus of eccentric old women--joins her in residence.In a setting both wondrous and absurd, Susan defends her legacy from freeloading relatives and explores the mansion's unknown spaces. Funny and heartbreaking, Magnificencenbsp;explores evolution and extinction, children and parenthood, loss and revelation. The result is the rapturous final act to the critically acclaimed cycle of novels that began withnbsp;How the Dead Dream.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393346855
0393346854
9780393081701
0393081702
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm.

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Mar 20, 2013

A disappointment after earlier reading "Ghost Lights." The story goes nowhere in this novel.

LaughingOne Feb 23, 2013

Millet's writing style just doesn't work for me. I kept trying to read the book, made it through 80 pages and still couldn't get into it. Some of the story line is interesting but that isn't enough to keep forcing myself to read on.

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