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Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives, a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota. Aged ten in 1980, he has no memories of his life before now, but he has stories that he recites like prayers: the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century; the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose. Duncan is sure that his mother is dead until the day she turns up to claim him. Maggie Bright, a soprano who was once the talent of her generation, now sings in a San Francisco bar through a haze of whisky cut with sharp regret. Thrown into her mysterious adult world, Duncan finds comfort in an ancient radio, from which tumble the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home, and dreams of finding his real father.

"O'Malley crafts a sensitive portrait of lost souls who desperately try to reconcile their pasts with their current realities….O'Malley manages to take some of the ugliest aspects of human existence and, through the magic of his words, infuse them with beauty and light." - Kirkus Reviews

Thomas O'Malley is the author of the novel "In the""Province of Saints, "selected as one of the best books of 2005 by "Booklist "and the New York Public Library. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches at Dartmouth College. Raised in Ireland and England, O'Malley currently lives in the Boston area.
 

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:00pm
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Norwich Bookstore
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This Magnificent Desolation: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781608192793
Availability: Special Order (call or email to check availability)
Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 19th, 2013

Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives, a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota. Aged ten in 1980, he has no memories of his life before now, but he has stories that he recites like prayers: the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century; the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose.