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Gail Godwin
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Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including A Mother and Two Daughters, Violet Clay, Father Melancholy's Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband, and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961–1963, the first of two volumes, edited by Rob Neufeld. 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 has written libretti for ten musical works with the composer... Read More

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Dream Children
Stories
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 1996
Price: $15.00

In fifteen extraordinary and lyrical short stories, esteemed novelist Gail Godwin has created worlds in which we discover ourselves as lovers, mothers, wives, and friends.

Carefully, delicately, Godwin peels back the layers of defense and reveals women who search for meaning and connection in a world of abstraction and isolation. In Dream... Read more >

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Evenings at Five
A Novel and Five New Stories
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $13.95

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Evenings at Five

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $9.99

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Evensong

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $14.95

With Evensong, Godwin again translates our everyday existence into soul-touching truths as she brings to brilliantly realized life the people of a small Smoky Mountain town--and a woman whose world is indelibly altered by them.

"A deeply considered, even dignified novel . . . One stays engaged with the story for sheer... Read more >

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The Finishing School

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 20, 1999
Price: $15.00

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The Finishing School

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Glass People

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.00

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The Good Husband

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 10, 1995
Price: $14.95

As a young woman, the precocious and eternally curious Magda Danvers took the academic world by storm. Then, to everyone's surprise, she married Francis Lake, a mild, midwestern seminarian, who devoted his life to taking care of his charismatic wife. Now, Magda's grave illness puts their marriage to the ultimate test.

"One... Read more >

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The Making of a Writer
Journals, 1961-1963
Written by Gail Godwin
Edited by Rob Neufeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $16.95

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The Making of a Writer
Journals, 1961-1963
Written by Gail Godwin
Edited by Rob Neufeld


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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The Making of a Writer, Volume 2
Journals, 1963-1969
Written by Gail Godwin
Edited by Rob Neufeld


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $12.99

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Mother and Two Daughters

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 9, 1994
Price: $27.00

When beloved Southern gentleman and family man Leonard Strickland dies suddenly, his wife Nell and her two grown daughters are devastated. As each woman begins to view her life, her past, and the possibilities of the future with new eyes, each belatedly discovers that life and death are impossible to plan... Read more >

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The Odd Woman
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 1995
Price: $14.95

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The Perfectionists

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.00

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Queen of the Underworld
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $14.95

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Queen of the Underworld
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $11.99

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Unfinished Desires
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $15.00

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Unfinished Desires
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Violet Clay
A Novel
Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 1995
Price: $13.95

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