Rameau's Niece: A Novel

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Rameau's Niece: A Novel

by Cathleen Schine

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 14, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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In this delightful novel from an author who "has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy,"* we meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed-until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenthcentury novel she discovers in the library. Rameau''s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, Rameau''s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

* New York Review of Books

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: April 14, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 054752188X

ISBN - 13: 9780547521886

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Rameau's Niece: A Novel

Rameau's Niece: A Novel

by Cathleen Schine

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: April 14, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 054752188X

ISBN - 13: 9780547521886

About the Book

@lt;DIV@gt; In this delightful novel from an author who "has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy,"* we meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed--until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenthcentury novel she discovers in the library. @lt;/P@gt;@lt;/P@gt;@lt;P@gt;Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, @lt;I@gt;Rameau's Niece @lt;/I@gt;is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.@lt;BR@gt;@lt;BR@gt;* @lt;I@gt;New York Review of Books@lt;/I@gt;@lt;/P@gt;@lt;/DIV@gt;

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Chapter One There is a kind of egotism that shrinks the universe; and there was Edward''s kind. It dominated the world not by limiting it, but by generous, almost profligate recognition of everything, like sunlight, illuminating whatever it touched, and touching whatever it could. Margaret''s husband was a wonder to her, a loud, handsome Englishman, a Jew from Oxford with gray hair that stuck up in tufts, like an East European poet''s, an egotist whose egotism was of such astonishing proportions that he thought the rest of the world quite marvelous simply because it was there with him. Margaret Nathan was herself a person of no mean ego, although she knew her own egotism shone less like the sun than like a battery-operated flashlight, swinging this way and that way, lighting short narrow paths through the oppressive darkness of other people. Margaret was a demanding person, hard on herself, certainly; harder by far on everyone else. But turning her restless beam toward Edward, she could find nothing there to be hard about. As to Margaret''s demanding nature, she felt immediately that here was a safe haven for it. Edward seemed to demand demands, so that he might have the joy of satisfying them. Margaret marveled at her husband, awed that he had come to be hers at all. They met in New York when he was visiting an old friend of his and her boyfriend at the time, Al Birnbaum, a Marxist graduate student who spoke, in so far as he was able, like William F. Buckley. It occurred to
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In this delightful novel from an author who "has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy,"* we meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed-until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenthcentury novel she discovers in the library. Rameau''s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, Rameau''s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

* New York Review of Books

About the Author

CATHLEEN SCHINE is the author of many novels, most recently The Three Weissmanns of Westport, as well as the internationally best-selling The Love Letter and Alice in Bed, To the Bird House, She Is Me, and The New Yorkers.

Editorial Reviews

"Witty, erotic, hilarious...A deft comedic novel written in high style."
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