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The Grammarians

(2019)
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An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language.

From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.

The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The mother of the beguilingly unusual twins whose lives unfold in this sublime comic novel could not adore them more than I do. A singular delight for anyone who has ever marveled at the quirks and beauties and frustrations of English grammar, and a fascinating portrait of the passions and dramas of fierce familial love." - Sigrid Nunez

"This is an utterly charming book, and yet more than that. It is a book of real people and their relationship--both to language and to each other. Fresh as a white sheet of paper, it is clean and lovely; an absolutely delightful read." - Elizabeth Strout


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Hardback Editions

November 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Grammarians (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
ISBN: 1-4328-7129-3 / 978-1-4328-7129-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
ISBN: 0-374-28011-8 / 978-0-374-28011-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
ISBN: 1-250-75823-8 / 978-1-250-75823-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
ISBN: 1-250-24174-X / 978-1-250-24174-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
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September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
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September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
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Kindle Editions

September 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Grammarians: A Novel
Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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