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The Desert Rose
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment

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Larry McMurtry is the author of more than 30 novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. He has also written memoirs and essays, and received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Brokeback Mountain. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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Warm and funny ... The real triumph of the book is Harmony herself, an unabashed romantic whose optimism and tenderness refuse to wilt in this arid, unromantic setting ... McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages ... and presents human dramas with a sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in ways that most novelists can't Washington Post Book World Sad and sweet yet rigorously unsentimental. Mr McMurtry has the power to clutch the heart and also somehow to exhilarate New Yorker The astounding thing about Harmony ... is that she really does have a heart of gold, and despite everything, she is wholly believable, oddly moving, even lovable Publishers Weekly Warm and funny ... The real triumph of the book is Harmony herself, an unabashed romantic whose optimism and tenderness refuse to wilt in this arid, unromantic setting ... McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages ... and presents human dramas with a sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in ways that most novelists can't The Los Angeles Times Sad and sweet yet rigorously unsentimental. Mr McMurtry has the power to clutch the heart and also somehow to exhilarate New Yorker The astounding thing about Harmony ... is that she really does have a heart of gold, and despite everything, she is wholly believable, oddly moving, even lovable Publishers Weekly It is quite impossible not to fall in love with Harmony while reading The Desert Rose... It is unquestionably one of his best novels ... The Desert Rose is, in a quite unassuming way, a beautiful little book The Washington Post Book World

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