American Genius
American Genius
A Comedy


This is what we'd get if Jane Austen were writing in 21st century America--a book that expands the possibilities of the national novel and of the female protagonist. Tillman brings into being a microcosm of American democracy, a scholarly colony functioning like Melville's Pequod, in which competing values--rationality and irrationality, generosity and selfishness, love and lust, shame and honor--compete with one another through a hilarious narrative, cycling through skin disease, chair design, Manifest Destiny--folded into the narrator's memories and emotional life, culminating, in Wagnerian fashion, in a supernatural event, offering escape, transcendence, or perhaps nothing…

Title American Genius
Subtitle A Comedy
Author Lynne Tillman
Publisher Soft Skull Press
Title First Published 28 October 2006
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 1933368446
ISBN-13 9781933368443
Publication Date 28 October 2006
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.
 


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