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"A good, old-fashioned, sink-your-teeth-into-it story...Suspenseful." THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER James Michener turns the creation and publication of a novel into an extroardinary and exciting experience as he renders believable the intriguing personalities who are the parents to its birth: a writer, editor, critic, and reader are locked in the desperate scenario of life, death, love, and truth. As immediate as today's headlines, as close as the bookshelves, THE NOVEL is a fascinating look into the glamorous world of the writer. Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club