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Rameau's Nieceby Cathleen Schine
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“Insidiously, compulsively readable.” — MSNBC
At the thirtieth reunion of the Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends join their classmates for a summer weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regret. The three decades since graduation have brought marriage and divorce, children and careers, hopes deferred and replaced. July, July tells the heart-rending and often hilarious story of men and women who came into adulthood at a moment when American ideals and innocence began to fade. These lives will ring familiar to anyone who has dreamed, worked, and struggled to keep course toward a happy ending.
With humor and a sense of wistful hope, July, July speaks directly to the American character and its resilience, striking deep at the emotional center of our lives.
"A symphony of American life.” — All Things Considered, NPR
“A small-scale tour de force by an American original . . . O’Brien is one of the most accomplished members of a generation of writers that includes Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Astonishing for [its] clarity of character, for [its] narrative thrills and surprises, for [its] humor and hard-won wisdom . . . July, July gives readers plenty of reasons to celebrate." — Chicago Sun-Times
"Perceptive, affectionate and often very funny." — Boston Herald
"A deeply satisfying story . . . O’Brien is intelligent and daring, but he is also eminently accessible.” — O, the Oprah Magazine
"Taut and compelling." — Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Beautifully realized, heartbreakingly honest." — Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Almost impossible to put down.” — Austin American-Statesman
A repackage of the Cathleen Schine's 1993 Rameau's Niece, a comedy of manners set in New York.
Tim O'Brien's ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling seventh novel, called his "masterwork" by Texas Monthly, sees one of our greatest writers return to his signature themes—passion, memory, and yearning in American twentieth-century life
"Witty, erotic, hilarious . . . . A deft comedic novel written in high style."—People "Howlingly funny . . . . A wonderfully inventive comic voice."—New York Times Book Review Meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed—until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenth century novel she discovers in the library. Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, Rameaus Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining. "A zestful satire . . . . A brainy romantic comedy."—Chicago Tribune "A screwball send-up of New York intelligentsia."—New York CATHLEEN SCHINE is the author of many novels, most recently The Three Weissmanns of Westport, as well as the international bestseller The Love Letter, Alice in Bed, To the Bird House, She Is Me, and The New Yorkers.
In this delightful novel from an author who "has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy,"* we meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed—until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenthcentury novel she discovers in the library. Rameaus Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.
Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, Rameaus Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.
* New York Review of Books
About the Author
Cathleen Schine is the author of five novels, Alice in Bed, To the Birdhouse, Rameau's Niece, The Love Letter, a national bestseller that was translated into twelve languages, and The Evolution of Jane. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer David Denby, and their two sons.
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