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Juno's Daughters

A Novel

by Lise Saffran

Juno's Daughters by Lise Saffran
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2011
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Paperback Original. Jenny Alexander has sought refuge from a troubled past on a tiny, verdant island, off the coast of Washington state. Surrounded by the cold water of the Puget Sound, she does her best to raise her girls, innocent Frankie, and thrill-seeking Lilly, in a tight-knit community of eccentrics and dreamers.

The island bursts open each summer with the arrival of actors leading the annual Shakespeare production. A handsome thespian from New York reawakens Jenny to long-buried desires. As the intensity of rehearsals builds toward the live run of The Tempest, a potent mixture of actors, islanders and tourists, besotted by verse and swept up in the romance of the theater, spills the enchantment of the play into the lives of the players.

When Jenny finds her daughters caught up in a "brave new world" of love and heartbreak, she is ultimately thrust into a command performance that will resonate in all their lives.

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"[A] wonderfully immersive debut...Saffran's prose is delicate and precise, and her focus on the Bard reveals an obvious affection for the English language." - Publishers Weekly

"Debut novelist Saffran paints a nice portrait of a close-knit, creative community and all the quirks that go along with it. Shakespearean references abound, which makes for a treat for literary fiction fans, yet it's done with a light enough touch that those unfamiliar with The Tempest or other such works won't feel left out." - Library Journal

"While the dialogue is occasionally wooden, and the plot mildly erratic, debut novelist Saffran presents an easy-to-read, heartwarming tale of the mother-daughter relationship." - Booklist

"Saffran's prose is wonderful, but her characters wax self-indulgent at times ... This debut novel will resonate with some and make others want to grab the main character, shake her by the shoulders and tell her to grow up already." - Kirkus

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Lise Saffran is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared ina variety of literary magazines. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two sons.

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