American Genius: A Comedy

American Genius: A Comedy


By (author) Lynne Tillman

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  • Publisher: SOFT SKULL PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 208mm x 31mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley
  • ISBN 10: 1933368446
  • ISBN 13: 9781933368443
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 690,915

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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 read.

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