A Bigamist's Daughter: A Novel (Paperback)
The New York Times Bestselling Author of After This and Charming Billy
Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story—a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once. Tupper's manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.
A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, A Bigamist's Daughter is "a wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself" (Newsweek).
About the Author
Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.
“Impressive…A fascinatingly prismatic story.” —Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
“One of our finest novelists at work today.” —Los Angeles Times
“There's no one like Alice McDermott…her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate.” —Elle
“Beautifully written.” —The Washington Post
“A masterly and admirable first novel...A Bigamist's Daughter sparkles with crisp language and fine, precise writing….A richly detailed story.” —The Kansas City Star
“McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something magical.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer