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"As always, wry, beady­eyed, acute." -Margaret Atwood, via TwitterFrom the bestselling, award-winning author of Flora and Evensong comes the story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades. When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls—and their friendship—begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence—with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short. Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your "reference aura," she stays there forever. And when each woman finds herself in need of the other's essence, that spark—that remarkable affinity, unbroken by time—between them is reignited, and their lives begin to shift as a result. Luminous and masterfully crafted, Old Lovegood Girls is the story of a powerful friendship between talented writers, two college friends who have formed a bond that takes them through decades of a fast-changing world, finding and losing and finding again the one friendship that defines them.
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When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls—and their friendship—begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence—with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short.
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"As always, wry, beady­eyed, acute." -Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
From the bestselling, award-winning author of Flora and Evensong comes the story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades.

When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls—and their friendship—begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence—with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short.
Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your "reference aura," she stays there forever. And when each woman finds herself in need of the other's essence, that spark—that remarkable affinity, unbroken by time—between them is reignited, and their lives begin to shift as a result.

Luminous and masterfully crafted, Old Lovegood Girls is the story of a powerful friendship between talented writers, two college friends who have formed a bond that takes them through decades of a fast-changing world, finding and losing and finding again the one friendship that defines them.
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      • source: Ron Charles, Washington Post
      • content: An extraordinary novel about the nature of those rare friendships that fade for long periods of time only to rekindle in an instant when the conditions are right again.
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      • source: John Irving
      • content: In this powerful, moving, and perfectly crafted novel, Gail Godwin's virtuoso dialogue and masterful handling of the passage of time illuminate the lifelong friendship of two women, college roommates who become writers.
      • premium: False
      • source: Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of PICTURES OF YOU and CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD
      • content: Literary treasure Godwin's shimmeringly alive new novel . . . [is] gorgeous, heartbreakingly true, and profound . . . To say it's a masterpiece is an understatement.
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist, starred review
      • content: Godwin, a word-perfect novelist of exceptional psychological refinement . . . infuses this tale of intrepid women with a profound inquiry into the ethics of storytelling and how literature can chart a way through tragedies.
      • premium: False
      • source: Bookpage, "2020 Preview: Most Anticipated Fiction"
      • content: What is it that holds us together, through years and big changes? It can feel indescribable—unless someone like Gail Godwin gets her hands on it. An award-winning, powerhouse storyteller who has brought us so many smart, heartfelt novels like Grief Cottage and Flora, Godwin delivers a glimpse into the bond sustained by two women ever since they first became friends in college.
      • premium: False
      • source: Alabama Public Radio
      • content: The publication of Old Lovegood Girls is a genuine literary event, worthy of celebration. This book marks 50 years of publishing since Godwin's debut with The Perfectionists in 1970. . . . [Godwin] is confident in her powers, an old professional in complete control, in no hurry get the story told, taking the time needed for the reader to know and understand the characters and their complicated lives. . . . Old Lovegood Girls contains plenty of story, but is also a very self-consciously literary novel, exploring the infinite variations available to a master of the form.
      • premium: False
      • source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
      • content: Godwin's style is always elegant and literary.
      • premium: False
      • source: Asheville Mountain Xpress
      • content: Godwin's return to subjects of female friendship, intellectual development and the passing of time are likely to be welcome distractions during this time of social distancing and homebound activities.
      • premium: False
      • source: Wilmington Star News
      • content: There's an old-fashioned plot. Godwin, in fact, packs in enough developments — Vietnam casualties, the AIDS plague, dying children, dying husbands — to pack four routine novels. . . . Old Lovegood Girls will appeal to anyone with a taste for women's fiction.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Missourian
      • content: Gail Godwin is a prolific author who writes of real life with grace and insight. Fans are sure to enjoy her newest.
      • premium: False
      • source: Southern Literary Review, "Read of the Month"
      • content: A tenderly insightful, beautifully crafted, and heartbreakingly acute novel . . . Sublime.
      • premium: False
      • source: Washington Independent Review of Books
      • content: Godwin is a splendid storyteller whose tales are richly layered. . . . [an] engrossing and accomplished novel . . . Old Lovegood Girls is a fine, old-fashioned women's novel in the tradition Gail Godwin did so much to create.
      • premium: False
      • source: Historical Novel Society
      • content: Beautifully evoking a longtime friendship's transformative power, Godwin traces two women's intellectual development and life decisions, and how they intertwine, across four decades. . . . With an unhurried pace that enables characters to develop and mature, the story delves with eloquent wisdom into a wide swath of issues: love, grief, family relationships, the value of storytelling, even (in a way that feels slyly meta) the challenges of writing historical novels. It's a fine example of introspective fiction, and an ideal read for these uneasy times.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Clarion-Ledger / Hattiesburg American's "Mississippi Books Page"
      • content: Through their story, Godwin presents a narrative of what two friends tell each other and what they leave unsaid. The depth of her character's introspection may be a result of Godwin's own 80 years-plus of well-lived life. Her storytelling is powerful, emotional and long lasting well beyond the novel's final pages.
      • premium: False
      • source: Free Lance-Star
      • content: With astute pacing of her plot and perfect pitch for her characters' inner lives, she creates a satisfying and affecting novel, one that succeeds on multiple levels as she looks at life in yout
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        March 1, 2020
        Veteran Godwin's latest (Grief Cottage, 2017, etc.) tracks a half-century friendship between two very different yet oddly compatible women. The dean and dorm mistress of Lovegood College pair Feron Hood and Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, hoping that sunny, outgoing Merry will be a steadying influence on Feron, who has recently lost her alcoholic mother and fled from an abusive stepfather. The girls do indeed form a lasting bond even though Merry leaves after a single semester to run the family tobacco farm when her parents are killed in a plane crash. They have both taken their first steps as writers under the guidance of Literature and Composition teacher Maud Petrie, and during their mostly long-distance relationship, Feron will be goaded to write three novels by Merry's occasional magazine publications; she is at work on a fourth about their friendship as the book closes. The two women rarely meet in person, and Feron is bad about answering letters, but we see that they remain important in each other's thoughts. Godwin unfolds their stories in a meditative, elliptical fashion, circling back to reveal defining moments that include tragic losses, unexpected love, and nurturing friendships. Self-contained, uncommunicative Feron seems the more withholding character, but Merry voices one of the novel's key insights: "Everyone has secrets no one else should know" while Feron reveals essential truths about her life in her novels. Maud Petrie and Lovegood dean Susan Fox, each of whom has secrets of her own, continue as strong presences for Feron and Merry, who have been shaped by Lovegood more enduringly than they might have anticipated. Feron's courtly Uncle Rowan and blunt Aunt Mabel, Merry's quirky brother Ritchie, devoted manager Mr. Jack, and a suave Navy veteran with intimate links to both women are among the many nuanced characters drawn by Godwin with their human contradictions and complexities on full display. A closing letter from Dean Fox movingly reiterates the novel's conjoined themes of continuity and change. Intelligent, reflective, satisfying fiction from an old master.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        March 30, 2020
        Godwin’s disappointing latest (after Grief Cottage) examines the trajectory of a friendship between two college roommates from 1958 to late 1999. Feron Hood, secretive and self-contained, is a survivor of a tragic and abusive past and finds comfort in her relationship at the Southern Lovegood College with Merry Grace Jellicoe, a confident tobacco heiress with an open-hearted innocence. Using alternating viewpoints, correspondence between the two, and occasional scenes of reunion, Godwin tracks the push-pull dynamic of their friendship. In 1968, Feron, an aspiring writer living in New York City, grows jealous of Merry for publishing a short story in the Atlantic Monthly. Merry’s success fuels Feron’s creative impulse, while Merry is intrigued by her friend’s experiences in New York. Though Feron purloins Merry’s personal history for her own writing, Merry’s loyalty to Feron never wavers. Beyond the envy, Feron develops into a genuinely devoted friend, and eventually helps Merry with her family’s tobacco business. Repetition of language and dialogue from one scene to the next and dull descriptions of the writing process unfortunately blunt an otherwise moving reflection on long-term friendship. Godwin is not at her best here.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        Starred review from April 15, 2020
        Lovegood College is an all-women sanctuary of southern etiquette and covert subversion. In 1958, the new dean, Susan Fox, who has survived a rough patch, must choose a roommate for a new student, Feron Hood, who also seems to have escaped a dire predicament. She pairs her with tobacco company heiress Meredith Grace Jellicoe, aptly called Merry. As opposites, the girls are instantly intrigued with each other, then find common purpose in their desire to write. Godwin (Grief Cottage, 2017), a word-perfect novelist of exceptional psychological refinement who has published a memoir about her struggles as a writer, infuses this tale of intrepid women with a profound inquiry into the ethics of storytelling and how literature can chart a way through tragedies. Feron and Merry are abruptly separated and end up living radically different lives as they each endure terrible loss. Merry takes over the farm just as tobacco falls from king to murderer, eventually finding solace in a Bible group. Feron works in New York and acquires a generous literary mentor who encourages her to cultivate the strangeness. The women remain connected in delectably plotted ways and maintain a suspenseful, decades-long correspondence. Secret traumas are slowly revealed, adjacent characters are magnetizing, and Godwin, as fluent in humor as in sorrow, sagely illuminates matters of faith, art, ambition, and generosity while celebrating change and steadfastness, friendship and love.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Godwin's mastery and following grow with each book, and literary fiction lovers will seek out this intricately structured and emotionally rich tale.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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