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Author: Jenny Davidson Narrator: Emily Beresford Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469283616
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Three smart young women — the scholarly Ruth, her poet roommate Lucy, and their exotic, provocative neighbor Anna — are obsessed with games of all kinds. They’ve devoted themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University, from Grant’s Tomb to the former insane asylum that once stood where the campus is now.

When Anna’s mysterious brother Anders gets involved and introduces live-action role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy, theory goes into practice and the stakes are raised. Told in a variety of formats — including Gchat and blog posts — that bring the fraught drama of Euripides screaming into the twenty-first century, The Magic Circle is an intellectual thriller like no other.

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  • The Magic Circle is elegant, brutally smart, and utterly absorbingThe Secret History as directed by Whit Stillman…A delirious, hypnotic page-turner about the ruthless games female friends play with, and on, each other.”

    Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

  • “Davidson deftly orchestrates a startling collision between the classical and the contemporary, reality and play.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Edgy and erudite, sexy and engrossing: This is one seriously fun book.”

    Emily Barton, author of Brookland

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About the Author

Jenny Davidson is an American historian and writer. She is currently an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She was a Guggenheim Fellow during 2005-2006 and was named a visiting scholar to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences that same year. Davidson was awarded the Mark Van Doren Award in 2010 for her commitment to undergraduate instruction. An alumna of Harvard University, Davidson completed her PhD at Yale University in 1999. Her dissertation Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004.

About the Narrator

Emily Beresford has been nominated for an Audie Award for best narration by the Audiobook Publishers Association and has received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She earned a BA degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with concentrations in creative writing, music, and English.