Maggie Gee

Virginia Woolf in Manhattan

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Bestselling author Angela Lamb is going through a mid-life crisis. She dumps her irrepressible daughter Gerda at boarding school and flies to New York to pursue her passion for Woolf, whose manuscripts are held in a private collection. When a bedraggled Virginia Woolf herself materialises among the bookshelves and is promptly evicted, Angela, stunned, rushes after her on to the streets of Manhattan. Soon Angela is chaperoning her troublesome heroine as the latter tries to understand the internet and scams bookshops with ‘rare signed editions’. Then Virginia insists on flying with Angela to Istanbul, finds a Turkish admirer and steals the show at an International Conference on – Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf in Manhattan is a witty and profound novel about the miraculous possibilities of a second chance at life. ‘Audacious, playful and dazzlingly written’ The Herald ‘Wickedly funny … contains lines that sparkle’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Wickedly smart, funny and fearless, plus that rarest of all things, genuinely surprising’ Patrick Ness ‘This giddily playful novel is a cunning what if … A gloriously funny, fleet-footed novel.’ Metro (Best Summer Reads) ‘A witty book… It’s got everything in a novel that I really like’ Jacqueline Wilson’s Six Best Books, Express
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385 printed pages
Original publication
2014
Publishers
Saqi, Telegram Books

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