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Using history, memoir, state-of-the-nation analysis and a novelist s skill at evoking places and people, Divine Magnetic Lands presents a picture of America as it evolved and how it is at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Timothy O'Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London and Spain.
"Displays both the startling lyricism and the patient reflection that have made his previous fictions so compelling ... At once a work of profound personal and collective memory" * Time Out *
"[O'Grady] writes beautifully of landscape... He is equally strong on history, politics and current affairs... There hasn't been a better book about America in years" * Daily Telegraph *
"While a cultural and literary journey, O'Grady's is also a political one, showing a country in denial thanks to an inert media intent on ingratiating itself with the powerful" * Guardian *
"O'Grady remains a noteworthy addition to the tradition [Max] Sebald pioneered, a tradition that mixes travel, history, fiction and introspection into the literary equivalent of a new world" * Independent *
"He is perceptive and knowledgeable and writes clear, easy prose...If you're travelling to the States anytime soon, this is a book to pack" * Metro *