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W. W. Norton & Company
256 pages
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<p><strong>A woman embarks on a dazzling new phase in her life after inheriting a sprawling mansion and its vast collection of taxidermy.</strong></p> Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is "one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Scott Timberg, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>). <em>Salon</em> praised her for writing that is "always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself." The <em>Village Voice</em> added, "If Kurt Vonnegut were still alive, he would be extremely jealous." <p>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.</p> <p>In a setting both wondrous and absurd, Susan defends her legacy from freeloading relatives and explores the mansion’s unknown spaces. Funny and heartbreaking, <em>Magnificence</em> 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 <em>How the Dead Dream</em>.</p>