Magnificence: A Novel

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Publisher Description

A woman embarks on a dazzling new phase in her life after inheriting a sprawling mansion and its vast collection of taxidermy.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is "one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times). 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, Magnificence 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 with How the Dead Dream.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2012
November 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
781.8
KB

Customer Reviews

Happywildthings ,

Exhausting...

Perhaps I should have bothered to read the first couple installments as this was a continuation of some previous story or rather, they enhance this one, not exactly continue from them. Anyways, I thought this was an exhausting read. There was a whole lot of intense self dialogue that was just exhausting to read. I did enjoy a few passages, but *takes deep breath* I'm beat. I will attempt to read other works by this author though.

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