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Publisher Comments:

In her ravishing and moving second novel, the bestselling author of In the Cut tells the story of Mamie Clarke, who sets out to lose herself in New York City.

Having only previously known the fragile, magical world of her childhood on the lush Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, Mamie leaves college to visit her sophisticated aunt in New York. With her beautiful and self-destructive younger sister Claire in tow, Mamie must learn to make her way in a world of money, power, sex, and drugs. Moore's sharp and witty book captures an unforgettable time and place — the Manhattan of the early 80s — and the powerful feelings engendered there.

Review:

"Moore's spare but lyrical prose is compelling....[A]n engrossing novel, profoundly disturbing in its message of feminine guilt, yet satisfying in Mamie's eventual recognition of how to 'purify' her soul." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An utterly wonderful novel....I envy everyone who enter, for the first time, its world." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Unfortunately, few of the potentially interesting characters are fully realized; Moore's justly praised spare prose style here serves her ill as the dry vocalizations of an omniscient narrator." Library Journal

Review:

"An alluring novel, sure in its embrace of the reader...who is swept away by Moore's eye for detail." New York Newsday

Synopsis:

In her ravishing and moving second novel, the bestselling author of In the Cut tells the story of Mamie Clarke, who sets out to lose herself in New York City.

Having only previously known the fragile, magical world of her childhood on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai, Mamie leaves college to visit her sophisticated aunt in New York. With her beautiful and self-destructive younger sister Claire in tow, Mamie must learn to make her way in a world of money, power, sex, and drugs. Moores sharp and witty book captures an unforgettable time and place—the Manhattan of the early 80s— and the powerful feelings engendered there.

About the Author

Susanna Moore is from Hawaii but now lives in New York City. She is the author of the novels In the Cut, The Whiteness of Bones, Sleeping Beauties, and My Old Sweetheart, which won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A nonfiction travel book, I Myself Have Seen It, will be published by the National Geographic Society in 2003.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400075041
Author:
Moore, Susanna
Publisher:
Vintage Contemporaries
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;hawaii;new york;novel
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
September 9, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.96x5.28x.65 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400075041 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Moore's spare but lyrical prose is compelling....[A]n engrossing novel, profoundly disturbing in its message of feminine guilt, yet satisfying in Mamie's eventual recognition of how to 'purify' her soul."
"Review" by , "An utterly wonderful novel....I envy everyone who enter, for the first time, its world."
"Review" by , "Unfortunately, few of the potentially interesting characters are fully realized; Moore's justly praised spare prose style here serves her ill as the dry vocalizations of an omniscient narrator."
"Review" by , "An alluring novel, sure in its embrace of the reader...who is swept away by Moore's eye for detail."
"Synopsis" by , In her ravishing and moving second novel, the bestselling author of In the Cut tells the story of Mamie Clarke, who sets out to lose herself in New York City.

Having only previously known the fragile, magical world of her childhood on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai, Mamie leaves college to visit her sophisticated aunt in New York. With her beautiful and self-destructive younger sister Claire in tow, Mamie must learn to make her way in a world of money, power, sex, and drugs. Moores sharp and witty book captures an unforgettable time and place—the Manhattan of the early 80s— and the powerful feelings engendered there.

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