Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Magnificence; Lydia Millet

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. My pick is one that won't be released until  November 2012, by W.W. Norton and Co., but it sounds like  a good one to me.

 
November 5, 2012

A woman embarks on a dazzling new phase in her life after inheriting a sprawling mansion and its vast collection of taxidermy.

Lydia Millet is “one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation” (Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times). This stunning novel introduces Susan Lindley, a woman adrift after her husband’s death. Suddenly gifted her great uncle’s Pasadena mansion, Susan decides to restore his extensive collection of preserved animals, tending to “the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails.” Meanwhile, a menagerie of uniquely damaged humans—including a cheating husband and a chorus of eccentric elderly women—joins her in residence.

Millet’s “flawlessly beautiful” (Salon) prose creates a setting both humorous and wondrous as Susan defends her inheritance from freeloading relatives and explores the mansion’s many mysterious spaces. Funny and heartbreaking, Magnificence is the story of a woman emerging from the sudden dissolution of her family. Millet’s trademark themes—evolution and extinction, children and parenthood, loss and wonder—produce a rapturous final act to the critically acclaimed cycle of novels that began with How the Dead Dream.

17 comments:

  1. Nice find! I love stories that show a character's growth after a tragic situation. Although, I am interested to know if the use of "preserved animals" comes across as creepy.

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  2. That cover is beautiful! How could I possibly resist.

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  3. I was *this close* to featuring this one today!

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  4. I love the sound of this one, and that cover is just amazing! Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. A very different premise. I don't think I've ever read a book with taxidermy in it before :)

    Colletta

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  6. What a cover, and what a theme - this sounds very much worth looking for!

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  7. sounds great, a good choice.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday_30.html

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  8. Ohhhhhhh, that does sound good!

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  9. I am waiting for this one as well! I can’t wait to get it!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Dani
    http://paulettespapers.com/?p=2094

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  10. I have not heard of this one. It sounds different but one I would be willing to give a shot as long as you enjoy it!

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  11. Taxidermy? Ewwwwwww. I'm sure the book is good, though!

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  12. Sounds like it'll be worth the wait!

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  13. I'd read this for the "flawlessly beautiful" prose and for the unusual characters and situation.

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