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A Bigamist's Daughter

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Picador

The New York Times Bestselling Author of After This and Charming Billy

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story—a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once. Tupper’s manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.

A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, A Bigamist’s Daughter is "a wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself" (Newsweek).

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SHE IS ALMOST BEGINNING to believe him.He's been here for nearly twenty minutes now, sitting across from her on the edge of his seat, his forearms resting on her desk, his hands folded before him, the right hand covering the left, the left a fist that he occasionally taps, ever so lightly, upon the gray steel to give his voice emphasis. His voice is Southern, slow, but with a rising quality that makes her feel it's being rushed from behind, that something is pushing him to get the story told faster, to get it finished. Perhaps it is only her slow, habitual glances at the clock on the edge
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Praise for A Bigamist's Daughter

"Impressive…A fascinatingly prismatic story." —Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

"One of our finest novelists at work today." —Los Angeles Times

"There’s no one like Alice McDermott…her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate." —Elle

"Beautifully written." —The Washington Post

"A masterly and admirable first novel...A Bigamist’s Daughter sparkles with crisp language and fine, precise writing….A richly detailed story." —The Kansas City Star

"McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something magical." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alice McDermott

  • Alice McDermott is the author of five previous novels, including Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG and Picador. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.
  • Alice McDermott Epic Photography/Jamie Schoenberger
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A Bigamist's Daughter

A Novel

Alice McDermott

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