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By Lydia Millet

A lady embarks on a stunning new part in her existence after inheriting a sprawling mansion and its sizeable number of taxidermy.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is "one of the main acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times). Salon praised her for writing that's "always perfectly attractive, attaining for an event that precedes language itself." The Village Voice extra, "If Kurt Vonnegut have been nonetheless alive, he will be super jealous."
This gorgeous new novel provides Susan Lindley, a girl adrift after her husband’s dying and the dissolution of her relations. Embarking on a brand new part in her existence after inheriting her uncle’s sprawling mansion and its colossal number of taxidermy, Susan makes a decision to revive the ignored, moth-eaten animal mounts, tending to “the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails.” in the meantime an both derelict human menagerie—including an untrue husband and a refrain of eccentric outdated women—joins her in residence.

In a environment either wondrous and absurd, Susan defends her legacy from freeloading family and explores the mansion’s unknown areas. humorous and heartbreaking, Magnificence explores evolution and extinction, childrens and parenthood, loss and revelation. the result's the rapturous ultimate act to the significantly acclaimed cycle of novels that started with How the lifeless Dream.

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Take it easy. " "But we don't want to put too many out of business," said Tom, who was not needlessly cruel, even in hunting. "I know that," answered Mr. Durban. "But this is a case of necessity. I've got to get ivory, and we have to kill quite a few elephants to accomplish this. Besides the brutes will head for the village and the natives' grain fields, and trample them down, if they're not headed back. So all together now, we'll give them a volley. This is a good place! There they are. All line up now.

Tom Swift was not in sight. He had now penetrated into the jungle into the black forest where stalked the savage lions, intent on getting other prey. Mr. Durban and Mr. Anderson vainly tried to pierce the darkness to see something at which to shoot. Ned Newton had eagerly started to follow his chum, but could not discern where Tom was. A nameless fear clutched at the lad's heart. Mr. Damon was softly blessing everything of which he could think. Once more came that pitiful cry from the native, who was, as they afterward learned, being dragged along by the lion, who had grabbed him by the shoulder.

Exclaimed Mr. Damon. " exclaimed Tom Swift. " Then followed exulting cries and shouts of the natives, who were following our friends, the elephant hunters, who had given voice to the remarks we have just quoted. It was early in the morning, and the hunt was about to start, for the news brought in by the runner the night before had been closely followed by the brutes themselves, and at dawn our friends were astir, for scouts brought in word that the elephants, including many big ones, were passing along only a few miles from the African village.

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