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The Manikin A Novel

Joanna Scott

Picador

0312421389

9780312421380

Trade Paperback

288 Pages

$18.00

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist

The Manikin is not a mannequin, but the curious estate of Henry Craxton in rural New York. Dubbed the "Henry Ford of Natural History," by 1917 Craxton has become world's preeminent taxidermist. Growing up in this magic box of a world—filled with eerily inanimate gibbons and bats, owls and peacocks, quetzals and crocodiles—is Peg Griswood, daughter of Craxton's newest housekeeper. Part coming-of-age story, part gothic mystery, part exploration of the intimate embrace between art and life, The Manikin is compulsively readable and beautifully written.

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"We haven't heard a voice like [this] since Ovid wrote his Metamorphoses."—The New York Times Book Review

"Scott's prose is sensitive and beautifully crafted. She writes with subtlety, compassion, and humor, and her characters are both eminently human and touched with magic and mystery."—The Washington Post Book World

"The wit, the magical prose, and the daring devices of Scott's writing create an enchantment . . . Readers of The Manikin will remember Scott's novel as a landscape of time, and will remember that her soundings of the depth of our natures are as accurate and revealing as Thoreau's measurements of Walden Pond."—Maureen Howard, The Nation

"Compulsively readable and original, stunningly imagined, beautifully written work of art."—Houston Chronicle

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Joanna Scott is the author of seven books of fiction, including the novels Tourmaline and Make Believe, and the story collection Various Antidotes. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Award, and lives with her family in Rochester, New York.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Joanna Scott

  • Joanna Scott is the author of seven books of fiction, including the novels Tourmaline and Make Believe, and the story collection Various Antidotes. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Award, and lives with her family in Rochester, New York.
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