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Marisha Pessl

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Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

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Average rating: 3.73 · 65,672 ratings · 9,857 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Special Topics in Calamity ...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 28,915 ratings — published 2006 — 43 editions
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Night Film
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 36,697 ratings — published 2013 — 41 editions
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“Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you realize you're standing on another trapdoor.”
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“But most critically, sweet, never try to change the narrative structure of someone else's story, though you will certainly be tempted to, as you watch those poor souls in school, in life, heading unwittingly down dangerous tangents, fatal digressions from which they will unlikely be able to emerge. Resist the temptation. Spend your energies on your story. Reworking it. Making it better.”
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