"Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is ""one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation"" (Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times). Salon praised her for writing that is ""always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself."" The Village Voice added, ""If Kurt Vonnegut were still alive, he would be extremely jealous."" This stunning new novel presents Susan Lindley, a woman adrift after her husband's death and the dissolution of her family. Embarking on a new phase in her life after inheriting her uncle's sprawling mansion and its vast collection of taxidermy, Susan decides to restore the neglected, moth-eaten animal mounts, tending to "the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails." Meanwhile an equally derelict human menagerie-including an unfaithful husband and a chorus of eccentric old women-joins her in residence. In a setting both wondrous and absurd, Susan defends her legacy from freeloading relatives and explores the mansion's unknown spaces. Funny and heartbreaking, Magnificence explores evolution and extinction, children and parenthood, loss and revelation. The result is the rapturous final act to the critically acclaimed cycle of novels that began with How the Dead Dream. "
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by Lydia Millet
by Deborah Reed
by Kristan Higgins
"Xe Sands's narration effectively reflects the sense of foreboding and guilt that permeate the life of this novel's main character, Susan. A new widow, whose husband discovered her infidelity shortly before he was murdered, Susan finds her life changes dramatically when she inherits a mansion from her uncle. There she experiences a strange feeling of belonging amid the myriad hunting trophies of every conceivable animal peering from the house's many nook and crannies. Sands presents a complex character whose complaints are balanced by a quirky sense of humor and musings on the meaning of life. Sands's narration is nuanced, entertaining, and thoughtful as Susan emerges from her self-absorption and takes on the role of conservator of the house and its inhabitants. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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