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Jane Hamilton

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Jane Hamilton, award-winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, is back in top form with a richly textured novel about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a family.
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1996) : The Book of Ruth
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : The Short History of a Prince
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1999) : A Map of the World
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (1999) : The Short History of a Prince

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"The Maze at Windermere is thrilling. This novel restored my faith and made me laugh out loud. It’s rare that a novel comes along that is broad ranging, so very funny, profound, provocative, literary, and page-turning, and also word perfect. I went right back to the beginning when I’d finished, marveling again at the radiant mind of Gregory Blake Smith."
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