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Margarettown
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Margarettown
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes an enchanting story about love in its many forms, and a man's timeless journey into the unknowable territory of the woman he loves. From the moment they first sleep together-piled atop seven mattresses in her dorm room-N. is drawn into a rich and enchanted relationship with Margaret Towne, a woman who will introduce him to worlds he never knew existed. The debut of Gabrielle Zevin.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes an enchanting story about love in its many forms, and a man's timeless journey into the unknowable territory of the woman he loves. From the moment they first sleep together-piled atop seven mattresses in her dorm room-N. is drawn into a rich and enchanted relationship with Margaret Towne, a woman who will introduce him to worlds he never knew existed. The debut of Gabrielle Zevin.
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  • Gabrielle Zevin is a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into forty languages. Her latest novel, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, was featured on over thirty "Best Books of the Year" lists. Her other books include The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, which is now a feature film.
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    March 28, 2005
    An unusual telling of boy-meets-girl, Zevin's debut reiterates female complexity through a husband and daughter's experiences with one surprising woman. N., the earnest narrator, describes meeting captivating, mercurial Maggie Towne when he's a grad student. They travel to her childhood home, Margarettown, where he finds no inhabitants save women named Margaret: there's giggling girl May, sullen teenager Mia, bitter middle-aged Marge, wise elderly Old Margaret and suicidal artist Greta, conspicuous by her absence. It's not giving much away to reveal that these women are all Maggie herself ("you won't find a woman in the world that doesn't have a couple other women inside her," she says), though whether Margarettown is a real place or N.'s invention is left in doubt. While the book's first half concerns N.'s struggles to love and understand the various manifestations of Margaret, the end belongs to their daughter, Jane, who reads her father's version of her parents' courtship after they both have died. In between, subplots—about N.'s happy-go-lucky guardian, Margaret's and N.'s adulteries, and N.'s rejected former girlfriend, who eventually falls for N.'s sister, Bess, and raises Jane with her—sometimes feel like padding on a conceit that would have been better expressed in a short story. But the story is darkly whimsical and Zevin's writing is both playful and touching. Agent, Jonathan Pecarsky at William Morris.

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