MacGregor Tells the World: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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The highly acclaimed author of Stop That Girl delivers a masterfully plotted debut novel–at once a mystery of identity, sly literary satire, and coming-of age story–capturing a young man’s impossible and heroic first love.

Twenty-two-year-old MacGregor West, orphaned as a boy, is on a quest: to understand the circumstances of his mother’s untimely death. On a foggy San Francisco evening, guided by an old stack of envelopes, Mac finds himself at the mansion of cultural icon Charles Ware, where he encounters the writer’s beautiful and enigmatic daughter, Carolyn, trapped in a fold-up bed. Upon freeing her, Mac plunges headlong into the world of the eccentric Ware family and a love affair with a woman whose murky history may be closely linked to his own.

MacGregor Tells the World is a poignant and often hilarious ride through present-day San Francisco, a city brimming with memorable characters who help Mac discover just what story is his to tell.

Praise for Elizabeth McKenzie’s Stop That Girl
“Elizabeth McKenzie is an accomplished humorist and a developed stylist, and she wastes no time dazzling the reader with her clean direct language, her simple but searing use of metaphor and her unflinching eye.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Single-handedly reinvigorate[s] the coming-of-age genre. . . . Here is a writer to watch, and a book to breeze through with glee.”
–San Francisco Chronicle


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I wanted to like this book. I really did. I found it at the library, while searching for a different author. I think the idea of it is really great (young man searching for answers to his mother's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
20
Section 3
47
Section 4
60
Section 5
90
Section 6
100
Section 7
116
Section 8
126
Section 10
151
Section 11
167
Section 12
183
Section 13
208
Section 14
228
Section 15
246
Section 16
260
Copyright

Section 9
135

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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of the collection Stop That Girl, short-listed for the Story Prize. and the novel MacGregor Tells the World, Chicago TribuneSan Francisco Chronicle, and Library Journal Best Book of the year. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology, and has been recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts. She was an NEA Japan US-Friendship Commission Fellow in 2010. McKenzie received her MA from Stanford, was an assistant fiction editor at The Atlantic, and currently teaches creative writing at Stanford Continuing Studies.

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