Laura Rider’s Masterpiece-Midwest Connections

laura_riders_masterpiece_mdBestselling novelist Jane Hamilton makes her debut at Grand Central Publishing with this funny, sexy, provocative, and dark satirical novel that turns the chick-lit genre upside-down.

Laura and Charlie Rider have been married for twelve years.  Together they’ve run the Prairie Wind Farm nursery in picturesque Wisconsin, where they share a passion for gardening, which overshadowed Laura’s physical passion for Charlie long ago.  Still, there are mostly happy lives – as long as Charlie can continue his simple life of working the land and Laura can keep reading novels while privately writing her own.

Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show and is “the single most famous person in the town of Dover,” in Laura’s eyes.  When Jenna happens to cross Charlie’s path one day and they begin an e-mail correspondence, how can Laura resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills and converse with her hero?  Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way.  Things quickly spin out of control as the lines between Laura’s words and Charlie’s feelings are blurred and complicated, and Jenna has a profound effect on the couple that transforms all three of them in the end.

janehamilton_smJANE HAMILTON is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah’s Book Club.  Her last novel, When Madeline Was Young, was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006.  She lives and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.

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