Two Moons: A Novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - 303 pages
A galvanizing story of earthly heartbreak and otherworldly triumph, by the writer John Updike called "one of the most interesting American novelists at work".

It's the spring of 1877 in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Hugh Allison's plan to project an image through time and space takes on urgent life when the mathematically gifted Cynthia May enters his orbit as one of the observatory's human "computers." But the fate of Hugh's heavenly vision-and of his love affair with Cynthia, a Civil War widow whose beauty has been shadowed by worry and poverty-may be out of his hands, decided instead by an astrologer and by the actions of a dangerously magnetic politician.

Thomas Mallon's moving romance mixes actual historical figures with fictional ones. By combining earthly matters-such as politics and money-with heavenly ones of love and immortality, Mallon evokes a distant time and place with astonishing immediacy and confirms his place as one of our most original and delightful writers.

 

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Could not finish, and I tried...for months, on and off. It just dragged on and on. Henry and Clara by this author was better. Read full review

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historical fiction with Roscoe Conkling and Naval Observatory; fluffy, and lacked a sharp focus Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
34
Section 3
61
Section 4
89
Section 5
112
Section 6
136
Section 7
164
Section 8
175
Section 9
177
Section 10
191
Section 11
216
Section 12
243
Section 13
267
Section 14
294
Section 15
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About the author (2001)

Thomas Mallon's books include the novels Henry and Clara , Two Moons , Dewey Defeats Truman , and Aurora 7 ; a collection of essays, In Fact ; and his book on the assassination of JFK, Mrs. Paine's Garage . His work has appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times Magazine , The American Scholar , and GQ . He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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