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Laura Rider's Masterpiece

Hamilton, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0446538957 / ISBN 13: 9780446538954
Published by Grand Central Publishing, New York, 2009
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2009 Stated First Edition: April 2009,Third Printing, As New Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page-"To Mary- all best wishes, Jane Hamilton" with a red kissed lips, 214 clean tight unmarked pages, book has black boards with 1/4 black spine, lime green foil stamped lettering on the spine, jacket has a color illustration with raised pink and blue lettering, mild shelf wear to jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 003527

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Title: Laura Rider's Masterpiece

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

About the Author:

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.

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