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A forbidding and magnificent American epic

In her new novel, Lucy Ellmann follows in the footsteps of James Joyce

The only thing keeping The only thing keeping America safe © David Walters/Zuma Press/PA Images safe

The only thing keeping America safe © David Walters/Zuma Press/PA Images

America is the land of the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Ground Zero. Lucy Ellmann’s 900-page, single-sentence novel is as forbidding and magnificent as any of these. Written through the eyes of a pie-baking Ohioan housewife, Ducks, Newburyport whisks the reader through the rapids of modern, female consciousness. It plunges the reader into the mind of an everyday woman and mother doing her best…

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