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Enchanted Night : A Novella

Millhauser, Steven

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ISBN 10: 060960516X / ISBN 13: 9780609605165
Published by Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A FINE/ FINE unread copy protected by Brodart Archival Cover. Comes with a copy of the uncorrected proof in original wraps. The proof is a bright blue with some scratching of the color, but otherwise a nice stiff copy. Enjoy looking for differences. Also includes a review from the Minneapolis Star (# one literary city in the country) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000577

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Title: Enchanted Night : A Novella

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Steven Millhauser returns with a magical novella imbued with the transforming power of the (almost) full moon.

"A hot summer night in southern Connecticut, tide going out and the moon still rising. Laura Engstrom, fourteen years old, sits up in bed and throws the covers off."

Others, too, are awakened by a chorus of night voices: Haverstraw, a thirty-nine-year-old failed writer living in his mother's attic; an old woman who lives alone; three teenage boys looking for trouble; a gang of girls who roam the night and break into houses; a lonely young man looking for love; a beautiful mannequin whose cold fiberglass arms begin to quicken; a group of restless children; and assorted dolls, toys, and animals long forgotten in an attic.

"This is the night of revelation. This is the night the dolls wake. This is the night of the dreamer in the attic. This is the night of the piper in the woods."

Only Steven Millhauser could transform our childhood legends of the night into a hypnotic adult tale of passionate enchantment, encounters of darkness and illumination, human passions and inhuman awakenings. Read it by the light of the moon.

Book Description:

"Millhauser is American literature's mordantly witty and unfailingly elegant bard of the uncanny."        
--Publishers Weekly

"As gothic as Poe and as imaginative as Fantasia, Millhauser's deceptive fables are funny and warm. But they're dark as dungeons, too--
unsettling and possibly dangerous. He bewitches you."        
--Entertainment Weekly

"Enchanting, often disturbing tales, written in a prose of deceptive simplicity, providing further evidence that Millhauser is a fabulist of
rare power."        
--Kirkus Reviews

"Millhauser is also perhaps our last romantic, a descendant of Hawthorne and Poe, whose tales of the morbid and extreme flash a dusky light on the ordinary visible world, all while describing it in preternaturally vivid, coolly elegant prose."        
--Newsday

"He is, I believe, the most inventive, wistful, sexy and dryly comic American writer of our time."        
--Washington Post Book World

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