The Magic Circle: A Novel by Jenny DavidsonThe Magic Circle: A Novel by Jenny Davidson

The Magic Circle: A Novel

byJenny Davidson

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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Three young women-scholarly Ruth, poet Lucy, and the provocative visiting Swedish&nbspscholar Anna-are obsessed with games of all kinds, devoting themselves to the academic study of play as well as designing games inspired by the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University, from Grant's Tomb to the former insane asylum. When Anna's mysterious brother Anders gets involved, introducing live-action role-playing (LARP) based on classic Greek tragedy, the games become even more exciting-and deadly.
JENNY DAVIDSON is a professor at Columbia University and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of the novel Heredity (2003); two YA novels, The Explosionist (2008) and Invisible Things (2010); and several academic books.
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Title:The Magic Circle: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.57 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544028090

ISBN - 13:9780544028098

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' The Magic Circle is elegant, brutally smart, and utterly absorbing - The Secret History as directed by Whit Stillman? A delirious, hypnotic page-turner about the ruthless games female friends play with, and on, each other.' -Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me 'For many years, those in search of an erudite, smart, sassy, vibrantly intelligent mystery blog went to Jenny Davidson, and she wrote too of deeply intellectual matters on an easy in yer face tone. She rocked. And now? The novel. Bliss. Imagine Iris Murdoch, channeling Janet Evanovich and cribbing the sheer art of P.D. James's gripping storytelling, and you'd have the tone and flavour of Davidson's novel. It's that book, and oh so beautifully readable. -Ken Bruen, author of The Hackman Blues and The Guards 'Edgy and erudite, sexy and engrossing: This is one seriously fun book.' -Emily Barton, author of Brookland 'Like a novel by a 21st-century Muriel Spark, this book about smart women, dangerous games, and the roles we play in life enthralled me. I loved it.' -Sara Gran, author of Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead and Dope