Old Lovegood Girls

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including the novels Grief Cottage, Flora, Father Melancholy's Daughter, and Evensong, and Publishing, a memoir. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Woodstock, New York. www.gailgodwin.co


"Ok, novel recco: forthcoming: Gail Godwin, Old Lovegood Girls. If you remember the 50s, here they are! Plus a looong winding female friendship taking us through the (can it be 6?) decades since. As always, wry, beady-eyed, acute. You think you think; but think again." --Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

"In this powerful, moving, and perfectly crafted novel, Gail Godwin's virtuoso dialogue and masterful handling of the passage of time illuminate the lifelong friendship of two women, college roommates who become writers-what they tell each other and what they leave unsaid, their loved ones, their dreams, their ghosts." --John Irving

"Literary treasure Godwin's shimmeringly alive new novel follows a True North female friendship through 41 years of shifting connections, love, tragedy, and the deep drama of a changing world, but it's also about so much more, like the secrets that can make or break us, and how stories can virtually save our souls, leading us to something we never realized that we needed to know. This is exactly what this gorgeous, heartbreakingly true, and profound novel does. To say it's a masterpiece is an understatement." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of PICTURES OF YOU and CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD

"What is it that holds us together, through years and big changes? It can feel indescribable-unless someone like Gail Godwin gets her hands on it. An award-winning, powerhouse storyteller who has brought us so many smart, heartfelt novels like Grief Cottage and Flora, Godwin delivers a glimpse into the bond sustained by two women ever since they first became friends in college." --Bookpage, 2020 Preview: Most Anticipated Fiction

"Godwin, a word-perfect novelist of exceptional psychological refinement . . . infuses this tale of intrepid women with a profound inquiry into the ethics of storytelling and how literature can chart a way through tragedies. . . . Secret traumas are slowly revealed, adjacent characters are magnetizing, and Godwin, as fluent in humor as in sorrow, sagely illuminates matters of faith, art, ambition, and generosity while celebrating change and steadfastness, friendship and love. . . . Godwin's mastery and following grow with each book, and literary fiction lovers will seek out this intricately structured and emotionally rich tale." --Booklist, starred review

"The publication of Old Lovegood Girls is a genuine literary event, worthy of celebration. This book marks 50 years of publishing since Godwin's debut with The Perfectionists in 1970. . . . [Godwin] is confident in her powers, an old professional in complete control, in no hurry get the story told, taking the time needed for the reader to know and understand the characters and their complicated lives. . . . Old Lovegood Girls contains plenty of story, but is also a very self-consciously literary novel, exploring the infinite variations available to a master of the form." --Alabama Public Radio

"Godwin's return to subjects of female friendship, intellectual development and the passing of time are likely to be welcome distractions during this time of social distancing and homebound activities." --Asheville Mountain Xpress

"Godwin tracks a half-century friendship between two very different yet oddly compatible women . . . [unfolding] their stories in a meditative, elliptical fashion, circling back to reveal defining moments that include tragic losses, unexpected love, and nurturing friendships. . . . Intelligent, reflective, satisfying fiction from an old master." --Kirkus Reviews

"Deeply satisfying." --Sarah Lyall, The New York Times, on GRIEF COTTAGE

"A testament to the power of storytelling to bring solace when none other is possible." --Washington Post on FLORA

"An elegant little creeper of a story." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air on FLORA

"Gail Godwin brings grace, honesty, and enormous intelligence to every page." --Ann Patchett on FLORA