American Genius

American Genius : A Comedy

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Lynne Tillman's previous novels have won her both popular approval and critical praise from such literary heavyweights as Edmund White and Colm Toibin. With "American Genius, " her first novel since 1998's "No Lease on Life, " she shows what might happen if Jane Austen were writing in 21st-century America. Employing her trademark crystalline prose and intricate, hypnotic sentences, Tillman fashions a microcosm of American democracy: a scholarly colony functioning like Melville's "Pequod." In this otherworld, competing values -- rationality and irrationality, generosity and selfishness, love and lust, shame and honor -- collide through a witty narrative, cycling through such disparate tropes as skin disease, chair design, and Manifest Destiny. All this is folded into the narrator's memories and emotional life, culminating in a seance that may offer escape and transcendence -- or perhaps nothing. Grand and minute, elegiac and hilarious, Lynne Tillman expands the possibilities of the American novel in this dazzling more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 208.3 x 30.5mm | 317.52g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 1933368446
  • 9781933368443
  • 794,796