Laura Rider's Masterpiece

By Jane Hamilton, Jane Hamilton (Trade Paperback, 2010)
Laura and Charlie Rider have been married for twelve years. They share their nursery business in rural Wisconsin, their love for their animals, and their zeal for storytelling. Although Charlie's enthusiasm in the bedroom has worn Laura out, although she no longer sleeps with him, they are happy enough going along in their routine.

Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show, and in Laura's mind is "the single most famous person in the Town of Dover." When Jenna happens to cross Charlie's path one day, and they begin an e-mail correspondence, Laura cannot resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills. Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way. The "project" quickly spins out of control. The lines between Laura's words and Charlie's feelings are blurred and complicated, Jenna is transformed in ways that deeply disturb her, and Laura is transformed in her mind's eye into an artist. The transformations are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond her wildest expectations.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $12.99 US/$15.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446538947

    • On Sale Date: 03/03/2010

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Laura and Charlie Rider have been married for twelve years. They share their nursery business in rural Wisconsin, their love for their animals, and their zeal for storytelling. Although Charlie's enthusiasm in the bedroom has worn Laura out, although she no longer sleeps with him, they are happy enough going along in their routine.

Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show, and in Laura's mind is "the single most famous person in the Town of Dover." When Jenna happens to cross Charlie's path one day, and they begin an e-mail correspondence, Laura cannot resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills. Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way. The "project" quickly spins out of control. The lines between Laura's words and Charlie's feelings are blurred and complicated, Jenna is transformed in ways that deeply disturb her, and Laura is transformed in her mind's eye into an artist. The transformations are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond her wildest expectations.

Jane Hamilton is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, her novel Disobedience was published in 2000, and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006. She lives in and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.
  • "Best-selling author Jane Hamilton (The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World) breaks her characteristic somber story­telling mold with Laura Rider's Masterpiece (Grand Central), a light-of-heart, kick-of-ass novel about a group of married Midwestern eccentrics acting out their lovelorn fantasies." (Elle Magazine).

  • Jane Hamilton has written a sex comedy, and the world is a better place for it. Laura Rider's Masterpiece is a densely observed and seriously droll novel that reads like a dream. Astute, brazen and very funny, Hamilton has flexed all her muscles here, coming up with a kind of Les Liaisons Dangereuses for our rapid-fire e-mail era. (Meg Wolitzer).

  • "Among the most graceful and thoughtful writers to work the fertile ground that is the Midwestern family." (The Atlantic Monthly).

  • "Mesmerizing...Bittersweet, funny...Hamilton affirms her status as one of our most magnetic and provocative novelists" (praise for When Madeline Was Young). (Chicago Tribune).

  • "This book is terrific. I wish I could read it for the first time again!" (New Yorker writer and author of Him Her Him Again The End of Him).

  • "A warm, humane examination of the privileges and pitfalls of American family life" (Praise for Disobedience). (The New York Times Book Review).

  • "Stunning prose and unforgettable characters.... An enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control. A+" (Praise for A Map of the World). (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "A sly and wistful, if harrowing, human comedy. Hamilton is a new and original voice in fiction and one well worth listening to." (Praise for The Book of Ruth). (Boston Sunday Globe).

  • "Funny and moving.... An entertaining, well-plotted meditation on secrecy in the history of a loving family" (Praise for Disobedience). (San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle).

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Laura Rider's Masterpiece
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $12.99 US/$15.99 CAN
  • Pages: 240
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446538947
  • On Sale Date: 03/03/2010
Laura Rider's Masterpiece

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