A Bigamist's Daughter: A Novel

By Alice McDermott

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

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a brand new York vainness press, sells the dream of booklet (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). tales of real emotional intensity not often pass her table. but if a tender author named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is interested in either the novelist and his story―a lyrical story a few guy in love with multiple girl immediately. Tupper's manuscript unlocks thoughts of her personal secretive father, who himself could have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper look for the fitting dénouement, their affair, too, methods a such a lot unforeseen and poignant coda.
A fabulous debut from certainly one of our such a lot celebrated authors, A Bigamist's Daughter is "a clever, unhappy, witty novel approximately women and men, God, wish, love, phantasm, and fiction itself" (Newsweek).

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