Was It Beautiful? by Alison McGhee
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“Alison McGhee’s is a novel of simple explanations, simple movement, and Faulkner’s favorite, most ferocious question: Can we ever really know one another?”—Los Angeles Times

“McGhee has written a lovely and successful third novel. She brilliantly captures the close but guarded ties between residents of a grieving small town, and delivers dialogue with the uncommon and impressive mix of precision, poignancy, and believability.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“McGhee is a beautiful writer, especially in her sense of place and her precision in describing characters.” —Twin Cities Pioneer Press

“McGhee, author of the critically acclaimed novel Shadow Baby, portrays in spare and beautiful prose a setting and community that recall the cold, hard landscapes of Richard Russo’s fiction.” —Book Page

Was It Beautiful? is a powerful and tender portrayal of loss and renewal at midlife. With singular grace and humor, Alison McGhee pays loving attention to the details of life in the Adirondacks and to the small kindnesses and idiosyncrasies that make each member of a community precious and unique.

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About Alison McGhee

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Alison McGhee is a bestselling children’s book author and a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book Someday, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.Isabel Roxas (studioroxas.com) is an illustrator, graphic designer, and traveler who was born and raised in the Philippines. She now lives in Queens, and this is her debut picture book.
Published April 29, 2010 by Crown. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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