The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle

By Jenny Davidson

New Harvest, Paperback, 9780544028098, 196pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2013


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.


About the Author
Jenny Davidson is a professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. She has written an adult novel, several books of nonfiction, and The Explosionist, a novel for teens. She lives in New York City.

Praise For The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle is elegant, brutally smart, and utterly absorbingThe 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