Winner of the National Book Award

A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather

Jincy Willett

Thomas Dunne Books

Download Image Jincy Willett Winner of the National Book Award

Available Formats

BookeBook
Winner of the National Book Award, the long-awaited novel from the author of the acclaimed collection, Jenny and the Jaws of Life, is an unusual and wonderful novel that is somehow able to be at once bleak and hilarious, light-hearted and profound.

It's the story of two sisters. Abigail Mather is a woman of enormous appetites, sexual and otherwise. Her fraternal twin Dorcas couldn't be more different: she gave up on sex without once trying it, and she lives a controlled, dignified life of the mind. Though Abigail exasperates Dorcas, the two love each other; in fact, they complete each other. They are an odd pair, set down in an odd Rhode Island town, where everyone has a story to tell, and writers, both published and unpublished, carom off each other like billiard balls.

What is it that makes the two women targets for the new man in town, the charming schlockmeister Conrad Lowe, tall, whippet-thin and predatory? In Abigail and Dorcas he sees a new and tantalizing challenge. Not the mere conquest of Abigail, with her easy reputation, but a longer and more sinister game. A game that will lead to betrayal, shame and, ultimately, murder.

In her darkly comic and unsettling first novel, Jincy Willett proves that she is a true find: that rare writer who can explore the shadowy side of human nature with the lightest of touches.

Connect with the Author

Jincy Willett

Official Sites


Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

One
An Ordinary Birth

Chapter 1
An Extraordinary Birth

Abigail Mather was special from the very beginning.
A fraternal twin, she had her birthday all to herself. Abigail was born, to Mathilda Wallace Mather, in the Providence Lying-In Hospital, on the thirty-first day of December, 1938. Six hours later, in the New Year, her twin, Dorcas, was born. Doctors and nurses exclaimed over this phenomenon, which had never before happened in the history of the hospital.

Here's oral history for you. Here's folk tradition. Hilda obviously didn't bother with any pesky, prosaic

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Winner of the National Book Award

"Willett's second book...is a brilliant black comedy starring twins with antithetical dispositions and a handsome stranger with designs on both of them....Poignant and funny, mean and tender, Willett's novel is exuberantly original."
- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"The funniest novel I have read, possibly ever. Brilliant, totally original, and worthy of its title. I promise you will laugh constantly and to the point of stomach damage."
-Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and Dry

"Audaciously titled, cleverly constructed, Winner of the National Book Award is an elegy wrapped inside a satire, a sorrowful meditation on the mysteries of sibling love and rivalry concealed within a bitterly funny chronicle of literary buffoonery. Jincy Willett is a fearless writer, capable of startling the reader into rueful laughter at every turn."
-Tom Perrotta, author of Joe College

"'A well-wrought piece of fiction,' the heroine of this novel declares, 'helps us make sense out of the chaos of our lives. Why be deliberately obscure when real life is so impossibly fractured and opaque?' Well, exactly. How rarely the knacks for wisdom and for cracking wise come in one single, satisfying package. (Also, who knew Rhode Island could be so entertaining?) So: hurrah for Jincy Willett, and for her funny, charming, humane, and altogether well-wrought piece of fiction." --Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century

Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Jincy Willett

Jincy Willett is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Her short stories have appeared in Playgirl, The Yale Review, and the Massachusetts Review.

Jincy Willett

Photo: Edward Kornhauser
Jincy Willett

Official Sites

Back

Reading Guide

Organizing a Reading Group

1

Get the Guide

Download PDF
2

Tell Your Friends

Share
3

Find More Books

Go to Website
4

Stay Updated

Sign Up
Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Winner of the National Book Award
A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather
Jincy Willett

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429982382
ISBN10: 1429982381
336 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312424237
ISBN10: 031242423X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$17.00
Back

From The Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back