Rameau's Niece

Rameau's Niece

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A repackage of the Cathleen Schine's 1993 Rameau's Niece, a comedy of manners set in New York.

In this delightful novel from an author who "has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy,"* we meet Margaret Nathan, the brilliant but forgetful author of an unlikely bestseller. Happily married to a benevolently egotistical, slightly dull but sexy professor, Margaret seems blessed—until she finds herself seduced by an eighteenthcentury novel she discovers in the library.Rameau’s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

Wrapped in its lascivious world, Margaret begins to imitate its protagonist, embarking on a hilarious jaunt around Manhattan in search of renewed passion. Will she find fulfillment through her escapades or settle for her husband? Part romantic comedy, part intellectual parody, Rameau’s Niece is wise, affecting, and thoroughly entertaining.

* New York Review of Books


Publisher: New York : Ticknor & Fields, 2011, 1993
ISBN: 9780547521886
9780395654903
0395654904
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHIN
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

A wonderfully funny love story full of erotic philosophizing.

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Cary_Grant
Aug 29, 2014

An airplane novel for people who like to think they're not the sort of person to read airplane novels.

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jquickmsw
Jul 04, 2011

The "end" to which Schine takes us is...a sendup (wonderfully done) of naval-gazers and the self-indulgent intelligentsia. It's witty, fast-paced, the characters are fascinating and it stimulates one's thinking. What more could a reader who isn't looking for a Harlequin Romance ask for?

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