The Magic Circle
By Jenny Davidson
(New Harvest, Paperback, 9780544028098, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Three young women are obsessed with games of all kinds, devoting themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University. When live-action role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy is introduced, the games get dangerous.
“The Magic Circle is elegant, brutally smart, and utterly absorbing—The Secret History as directed by Whit Stillman...A delirious, hypnotic page-turner about the ruthless games female friends play with, and on, each other.” —Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
“For many years, those in search of an erudite, smart, sassy, vibrantly intelligent mystery blog went to Jenny Davidson, and she wrote too of deeply intellectual matters on an easy in yer face tone. She rocked. And now…The novel. Bliss. Imagine Iris Murdoch, channeling Janet Evanovich and cribbing the sheer art of P.D. James’s gripping storytelling, and you'd have the tone and flavour of Davidson's novel. It's that book, and oh so beautifully readable. —Ken Bruen, author of The Hackman Blues and The Guards
“Like a novel by a 21st-century Muriel Spark, this book about smart women, dangerous games, and the roles we play in life enthralled me. I loved it.” —Sara Gran, author of Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead and Dope
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