Magnificence

Magnificence

By Lydia Millet

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393081701, 255pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2012

Description

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, Magnificenceexplores 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 withHow the Dead Dream.



About the Author
LYDIA MILLET is the author of several previous novels, including Everyone s Pretty and My Happy Life, which won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction. Raised in Toronto, she now lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and daughter.Visit the author's website at www.lydiamillet.net