The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson
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Three smart young women—the scholarly Ruth, her poet roommate Lucy, and their exotic, provocative neighbor Anna—are obsessed with games of all kinds. They’ve devoted themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University, from Grant’s Tomb to the former insane asylum that once stood where the campus is now.

When Anna’s mysterious brother Anders gets involved and introduces live-action role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy, theory goes into practice and the stakes are raised. Told in a variety of formats—including Gchat and blog posts—that bring the fraught drama of Euripides screaming into the 21st century, The Magic Circle is an intellectual thriller like no other.


About Jenny Davidson

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JENNY DAVIDSON is a professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. She is the author of the novel Heredity; two YA novels, The Explosionist and Invisible Things; and several academic books, including Breeding: A Partial History of the 18th Century. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Columbia's Mark Van Doren teaching award, and has a popular blog, Light Reading. She lives in New York City.
Published March 26, 2013 by Little A. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Role-playing games take over New York City's Morningside Park with calamitous consequences in Davidson's (Invisible Things, 2010, etc.) latest novel.

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Playing is both a central activity and a philosophical subject of Jenny Davidson's new novel centered on three intellectually accomplished women.

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