The Great Lenore is the tale of a ravishing young Brit whose falsely-reported death provides her with an opportunity to begin a new life. Before she can disappear for good, however, she longs to know the reaction of her two-timing husband and his aristocratic family. To find out, Lenore enlists Richard - an outsider in the money-and-booze sodden landscape of Nantucket high society - to be her eyes and ears. As events unfold, Richard discovers the entanglements of Lenore's relationships are more intricate than he ever expected - more intricate even than the secrets within Lenore's miniature punt boat.
This elegant debut paints an idyllic island surrounded by reflective seas and encased in a world where souls collide, mysteries thicken, and dreams unravel. With lively, modern prose reminiscent of The Jazz Age, Tohline orchestrates a playful literary riff on affluence, love, grief, and duplicity. In the author's words, ''[It] is about dreams, and about the things we sacrifice to chase them.''
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JM Tohline grew up in a small town just north of Boston and lives in a quiet house on the edge of the Great Plains with his cat, The Old Man And The Sea. In the spring of 2012, he was featured by The Los Angeles Review as one of the authors under the age of 30 who is redefining literature. You can find him online at JMTohline.com.Review:
"The Great Lenore is...beautiful in the same way that J.D. Salinger's books are beautiful...[it] hangs in your consciousness after the last note has sounded, making it impossible for long moments to think. One just feels." --New York Journal of Books
"The Great Lenore...[presents] mysteries about every character. Some are revealed, some not...so you're saying, 'Okay, what is this person's motivation?' The mind tends to think of these formulas. [But] there's no formula here." --NPR Tulsa
"The Great Lenore is...a page-turner that introduces the literary world to an author with a clear and profound appreciation for the American literary canon." --Small Press Reviews
"The Great Lenore is...a contemporary Gatsby. James Joyce, Jean Rhys and Geraldine Brooks are three of the many writers who reworked great stories to wide acclaim. JM Tohline's tribute puts him in excellent company." --Washington Independent Review of Books
"The Great Lenore...is set in modern time but evokes Grace Kelly and Bogart and black-and-white noir." --Shelf Unbound
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Book Description Atticus Books, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110984510559
Book Description Atticus Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0984510559 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1494442