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Two Moons (Harvest Book)by Thomas Mallon
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A galvanizing story of earthly heartbreak and otherworldly triumph, by the writer John Updike called "one of the most interesting American novelists at work".
It's the spring of 1877 in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Hugh Allison's plan to project an image through time and space takes on urgent life when the mathematically gifted Cynthia May enters his orbit as one of the observatory's human "computers." But the fate of Hugh's heavenly vision-and of his love affair with Cynthia, a Civil War widow whose beauty has been shadowed by worry and poverty-may be out of his hands, decided instead by an astrologer and by the actions of a dangerously magnetic politician.
Thomas Mallon's moving romance mixes actual historical figures with fictional ones. By combining earthly matters-such as politics and money-with heavenly ones of love and immortality, Mallon evokes a distant time and place with astonishing immediacy and confirms his place as one of our most original and delightful writers.
"Mallon refracts questions of war, woman's rights, and the ordering of the cosmos through the perfect prism of his heroine's mind, adeptly mixing keen social commentary with sheer entertainment." — Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Fabulous. A novel about a quaint kind of homegrown ambition and optimism that is uniquely American... As lucent as moonlight." — The Washington Post
"Wicked humor and deep insight... This is a novel that abounds in rewards." — Frederick Busch, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Thomas Mallon is the author of five novels and five works of nonfiction. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and GQ. He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.
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