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The Novel Audiobook

The Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In this riveting, ambitious novel from James A. Michener, the renowned chronicler of epic history turns his extraordinary imagination to a world he knew better than anyone: the world of books.

Lukas Yoder, a novelist who has enjoyed a long, successful career, has finished what he believes to be his final work. Then a tragedy strikes in his community, and he becomes obsessed with writing about it.

Meanwhile, Yoder's editor fights to preserve her integrity - and her author - as her firm becomes the target of a corporate takeover; a local critic who teaches literature struggles with his ambitions and with his feelings about Yoder's success; and a devoted reader holds the key to solving the mystery that haunts Yoder's hometown.

©1991 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Michener explores some of the deepest issues raised by narrative literature." (The New York Times)

"A good, old-fashioned, sink-your-teeth-into-it story.... The Novel lets us see an unfamiliar side of the author, at the same time portraying the...complex relationship among editors, agents and writers." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Michener loves literature, and his information about some of his favorite reading is almost as alluring as his explanation of how to handle a manuscript." (Associated Press)

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    Thomas Normoyle Salem,Oregon USA 08-17-15
    Thomas Normoyle Salem,Oregon USA 08-17-15 Member Since 2012

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    I was pleasantly surprised to find Audible now has James Mitchener novels available. I read The Novel many years ago and it's a book I would recommend to friends. I enjoyed listening to it and still recommend to all my friends. Audible Rocks!

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    Pat 09-12-16
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    English professor and novelist merge seamlessly to tell an entertaining and thought provoking story. I will think about the books I read in a new way in the future.

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