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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
Larry Mcmurtry

“Barry Hannah is an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation.”
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Seven Mile Beach By Tom Gilling
“A brilliant flight of seduction. . . . The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a novel of dreams and fantasy and not a little theatricality, all solidly rooted in honest scientific inquiry and experimentation. . . . A breath—no, a blast—of fresh air, a novel that is at once economical and lyrical. . . . [Gilling] has an appealing comic flair. . . . [He] makes readers want to believe in dreams and love—and gives us every reason to do so.”—David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review
The Adventures of Miles and Isabel
By Tom Gilling
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4019-7 • $12.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2003
Fiction
In a crowded playhouse in 1856 Sydney, Australia, two spectacular lives are about to start. During her scandalous turn as Hamlet, a heavily pregnant (and unmarried) actress unexpectedly goes into labor onstage, shocking the audience. Indeed, one patrician spectator—who is also with child—is so moved that she too goes into labor. The babies born that night are Miles and Isabel, two dreamers destined to defy convention—and gravity.

The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a delightful novel of true love in rough-and-tumble, turn-of-the-century Sydney. A best-seller in Australia, it follows the separate but strangely converging lives of these two young daredevils. Miles becomes the subject of a sideshow levitation act while Isabel gamely foils her mother’s attempts to marry her off to a rich boor. Fearless as she is, Isabel is briefly famous as a hot-air balloonist. Miles develops his own fascination with flight and, when he finally meets the captivating Isabel, is preparing to risk his life by testing his first flying machine. United by the dream of flight—and true love—the couple attempts to rise above the obstacles of class and physics that stand in their way.

The Adventures of Miles and Isabel
is a euphoric follow-up to the debut that The New York Times hailed as “jubilantly irreverent” and “irresistible entertainment” and Library Journal compared in a starred review to Alice Hoffman, Sherman Alexie, and Gabriel García Márquez. It confirms Tom Gilling’s status as a major literary voice.
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