The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits

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Does Alice really hate her sister, or is that love? Was she really enrolled in grad school, or was that an elaborate hoax? Is this really a hijacking, or is it merely the effect of living backwards?

Following her acclaimed debut, The Mineral Palace, Heidi Julavits presents a quirky, compelling new novel about two sisters, a bizarre event, and the elusive nature of truth.
 

About Heidi Julavits

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HEIDI JULAVITS is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.
 
Published September 7, 2004 by Berkley. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Following her seriously dark first novel (The Mineral Palace, 2000), Julavits takes a real risk with this black comedy about an airplane hijacking, not exactly the subject to tickle most funny bones these days.

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The Effect of Living Backwards by Hiedi Julavits Virago £12.99, pp336 The 'effect of living backwards', as the White Queen tells Alice in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, is that 'it always makes one a little giddy at first'.

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Publishers Weekly

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When contentious half-sisters Alice and Edith board a jetliner en route to Morocco, where Edith is to be married, they step unknowingly into a vortex of international intrigue when the jet is hijacked—or is it?

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