The Grammarians

A Novel
Product Number: EB00752532
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374712198
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An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language. From the author compared to Norah Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language. The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret "twin" tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition. Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Original Publish Date: Sep 03, 2019

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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Narrator(s): Hillary Huber
Product Number DD46081
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781250241740
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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Narrator(s): Hillary Huber
Product Number Z100147659
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781250241733

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