Brown University


Magnificence

by Lydia Millet
W.W. Norton & Co., November 2013   ISBN: 978-039334685-5
Price: $15.95

November 2012 Indie Next List (Hardcover)

“Susan is a serial adulterer whose life is shattered by her husband's sudden death. As she struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with her grown, paraplegic daughter, she unexpectedly inherits a mansion from a distant relative who had filled the magnificent house with stuffed and mounted animals from around the world.  The novel explores the many forms that loss can take -- a loved one's death when it is too late to make amends; a daughter's loss of a life filled with possibilities if not for her accident; the slow deterioration of personality in the elderly with dementia; and the loss of animals in the wild to extinction.  At once funny and touching.” 

— Karen Vail, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA