Duchess of Nothing by Heather McGowan
A Novel

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After leaving her husband and her suffocating marriage for the romance and promise of Rome, the narrator of Duchess of Nothing has her freedom but is still trapped by the routine of life and haunted by her past. Charming, manic, and acutely aware of her own precarious grasp on the world around her, the narrator speaks with a kind of absurd logic that makes the book impossible to put down.

About Heather McGowan

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Heather McGowan is the author of the novel Schooling, which was listed as a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, the Detroit Free Press, and the Hartford Courant. She lives in Brooklyn.
Published December 13, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 228 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(When the narrator is riding in a car with the boy and Edmund, she imagines they look like a young family "motoring in the country" and fears that if they crash she'll "be destined to appear in the afterlife a normal woman.") I'll confess I couldn't finish McGowan's much-acclaimed début, an exper...

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