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Magnificence (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Susan Lindley, newly widowed, inherits a strange mansion in Pasadena CA, which further changes her life. An engrossing, disturbing, odd story by a gifted writer, with a plot that surprises and satisfies in ways you won’t expect. Third in a trilogy, but complete by itself. — Louise Jones

November 2012 Indie Next List

“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


This stunning novel introduces Susan Lindley, a woman adrift after her husband's death. Suddenly gifted her great uncle's Pasadena mansion, Susan decides to restore his extensive collection of preserved animals, tending to "the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails." Meanwhile, a menagerie of uniquely damaged humans -- including a cheating husband and a chorus of eccentric elderly women -- joins her in residence.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611736717
ISBN-10: 1611736714
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: February 1st, 2013
Pages: 303
Language: English