Fiction Doris Grumbach The MAGICIANS GIRL

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The MAGICIANS GIRL

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1987, signed first edition, 200 pages, VG/VG. Description: book; signed on the half title page. Blue boards with white cloth spine, blue titles to the spine only. ISBN embossed in blue on back board, blue endpapers. Dust jacket; off-white with blue and orange titles. Rear panel has only C. Ozick's blurb. DJ is price clipped.

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Initially restrained, this story of three young women coming to maturity in New York City in the 1930s soon becomes engrossing, as the characters quicken into attractive and sympathetic life. They meet at Barnardpretty, middle-class Minna; Liz, a Greenwich Villager mad about photography; and fat, pig-eyed, dough-faced Maud, on scholarship from an obscure upstate high school. Poor and unprepossessing, Maud is a poet who fascinates Leo Luther, arguably the handsomest boy at Columbia. He takes her to bed, marries her, begets upon her twin sons and, predictably, drifts off. Maud's life is thereupon reduced to scribbled-on bits of paper and the detritus left by two neglected children. Although Minnawho becomes a fairly distinguished professor of history and at age 60 falls improbably in love with a youth years her junioris the focal character, and though Liz grows famous for her photographs of the odd and egregious, neither is vibrant enough to move out of Maud's shadow. The author's creation has eluded her control and usurped, willy-nilly, the novel, the lives of her classmates and the imaginations of those who read about her.
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From Library Journal:

The three "girls" in this novel meet as roommates at Barnard in the late Thirties. Maud, the daughter of a quiet father and a mother who inexplicably studies the Miss America pageant, becomes a poet, better known after her suicide than before. Liz, the daughter of Communist parents, makes a name for herself by photographing physically unusual peoplegiants, accident victims. The most outwardly conventional of the three is Minna, an academic who leads a fairly middle-class life until the death of her son snaps her out of the world of the predictable. Minna moves to Iowa, the last place she expects to find surprises, and unexpectedly forms an unconventional romantic attachment. Grumbach's well-crafted novel will appeal to readers for whom the passage of time is disconcerting but not frightening. For larger collections. Mary K. Prokop, CEL Regional Lib., Savannah, Ga.
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