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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great Book

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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Great Michener style.

Loved the book and reader was very good. He flavored it very well with tone and inflections.

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One of his best .

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.