Magnificence

Magnificence

by Lydia Millet

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Magnificence by Lydia Millet

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, Magnificenceexplores 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 withHow the Dead Dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346855
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Series: How the Dead Dream Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 838,763
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lydia Millet is the PEN Award-winning author of eleven works of literary fiction, including Sweet Lamb of Heaven and Magnificence, which have been New York Times Notable Books and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists. She lives in Arizona.

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Earphones Award Winner. "[Xe] Sands presents a complex character whose complaints are balanced by a quirky sense of humor and musings on the meaning of life. Sands's narration is nuanced, entertaining, and thoughtful as Susan emerges from her self-absorption and takes on the role of conservator of the house and its inhabitants." - AudioFile Magazine A Best Fiction Book of 2012. Starred review. "A dazzling prose stylist, Millet elevates her story beyond that tired tale of a grieving widow struggling to move on, instead exploring grief and love as though they were animals to be stuffed, burrowing in deep and scooping out the innermost layers." - Publishers Weekly Starred review. "Millet is extraordinarily agile and powerful here, moving from light to shadow like a stalking lioness as Susan's strange stewardship casts light on extinction and preservation, how we care for others and seek or hide truth, and crimes both intimate and planetary." - Booklist One of the "Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview" titles. - The Millions
"...provocative, evocative...[Millet's] oblique, elliptical style serves her vision well." - The New York Times
"...Millet's lush prose has you in her thrall from the start..." - The Boston Globe
"Millet's writing is as lush as the house Susan lives in. There's a marvelous musicality to her prose; she's a writer who tackles human emotions with scientific precision and an artist's voice." - Star Tribune
"Magnificence, the final book of a trilogy, is more fable than realism, and promises a kind of moral or eerie warning at the end. It is also more of a long short story than a novel, as all of these subplots are funneled into the service of a single, graceful, short-story-like epiphany." - The Globe and Mail

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Magnificence: A Novel 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, easy to read, and it felt like I was living among these characters. I think the author made a strong point abt the vulnerability of wild animals in a world dominated by humans with little concern for their survival.
Bigmist8k More than 1 year ago
LAB54 I'm with you! Makes me want to purchase and send them an ABC Primer. The book was okay - not great - but okay. The author definitely has a different style of writing than I am used to but it was something different to read about. A welcomed break after my recent James Patterson "serial killer" bing.
LAB54 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book, but I had to comment on the review titled "Rondom," which said the rater "dint like this book" and the book "was a waist of money." The rater told us not to "get thish book" because "i dont like the style of writing or the charictors." The rater "hayed" the book." Is any literate person going to trust the review of a person who cannot spell correctly or punctuate properly? I certainly hope not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not very good at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it is a book that i would not want to put down and for all you people out there who either read this book or not i am just letting you know that i hope you enjoyed this book and if you haven't read it yet you will like it but that is your opinion not mine so for people who haven't read it yet you will not want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dint like this book even my mom said it was a waist of money. Do not get thish book i dont like the style of writing or the charictors. I would rate it a two, my sister reads EVERYTHING and loves it she read this and hayed it in other words dont read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very bad