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A Bigamist's Daughterby Alice McDermott
Synopses & Reviews
Elizabeth Connelly sits in a New York office that looks like a real editor's, but isn't quite. Employed at a vanity press, Elizabeth watches the real world — of real struggles, passion, pain, and love — spin around her. Until one day, a young writer comes to her with a novel about a man who loves more than one woman at once. And suddenly Elizabeth will be awakened from her young urban professional slumber — by a man's real touch, by a real story in search of an ending, by the unraveling of the greatest masquerade of all — in Alice McDermott's luminous novels of memory, revelation, and desire.
"This is nothing less than a brilliant first novel. Elizabeth Connelly is an editor at a vanity press who has seen everything and has few illusions about any of it. A young man then brings her an unfinished novel about a bigamist. The story is based on fact, and Elizabeth begins to wonder, at a given moment, whether her own father—whose mysterious, lengthy absences scarred her childhood—might have led a life like that of the bigamist in the young writer's novel. A love affair between writer and editor ensues; some mysteries are resolved, some remain. Splendid." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
"A masterly and admirable first novel...A Bigamist's Daughter sparkles with crisp language and fine, precise storytelling...a richly detailed story." Kansas City Star
"In the fiction of Alice McDermott, the heart is found in the quiet touch." The Boston Globe
"A work of surpassing craftsmanship, high seriousness, and...great wisdom and humor. It's a wonderful read." John Yount
"Always enjoyable and at times brilliant." The Hartford Courant
"McDermott balances a poignant romanticism with sharp realism in her own crisp and careful writing style." Ms.
"Splendid...this is nothing less than a brilliant first novel." Virginia Quarterly Review
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