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This Magnificent Desolation


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A heart-breaking, staggering, soaring novel about war, music, loneliness and the redemptive power of the imagination

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Thomas O'Malley is the author of the novel In the Province of Saints, selected as one of the best books of 2005 by Booklist and the New York Public Library. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and teaches at Dartmouth College. Raised in Ireland and England, O'Malley currently lives in the Boston area.


A beautiful, floating novel. Thomas O'Malley writes with grace and style and bravery. There is not an ounce of cynicism here. While most of us remain earthbound, O'Malley allows us to believe that we can, at various times, go to an imaginative elsewhere. Even the desolation can have its own magnificence. O'Malley is a great talent, reminiscent of another fine Irish writer, Sebastian Barry * Colum McCann *
A beautifully structured work ... A moving and deeply affecting fiction which calls for engaged, even obsessive reading. It is a work of great artistic merit * Irish Examiner *
Marvellous ... A sensitive depiction of haunted and scarred characters * Lady *
There is more than a little of the Irish cadence evident in his lyrical and mellifluous prose * Sunday Herald *
This literary novel soars ... O'Malley writes shimmering, luminescent prose * Booklist *
Astonishing ... A novel so immersive that it blurs the line between its characters' lives and the life of the reader... One of the best novels you're likely to read this year * Star Tribune *

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