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Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy, a (2001) [Omnibus Volume]
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This is the trilogy of novels in which Reynolds Price traces the paths of two families, the Mayfields and the Kendals, through nearly two centuries of American history: the oldest character is born in 1815; the youngest in 1985. Though their aims and wanderings carry some of them to distant states and as far afield as Europe, both families are rooted in North Carolina and Virginia; and their eventually joined lives are enhanced and deeply shadowed by the racial complexities of their world. No other narrative has portrayed that entanglement, nor the gifts and ravages of sexual hunger and family life, more honestly and compellingly than A Great Circle.

The narrative energy of the trilogy arises, however, simply from the dozens of men, women, and children whose memorable contentments, failures, and sacrifices weave a story that is as persuasive as any human drama. It is also the secret history of a nation in crisis, from the becalmed aftermath of the Civil War, through the Great Depression and the wars of the twentieth century, to the struggles for racial and sexual equality, the devastations of the AIDS plague, the poised hopes of the third millennium, and a great deal more. In the final richness of its texture, it offers the joy implicit in all steady views of the world.

  • The Surface of Earth (1975)
  • The Source of Light (1981)
  • The Promise of Rest (1995)

Original title: A Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindMultigenerational Sagas

The following works are contained within this one:
     Surface of Earth, the (1975) [Novel]
      Author: Reynolds Price
     Source of Light, the (1981) [Novel]
      Author: Reynolds Price
     Promise of Rest, the (1995) [Novel]
      Author: Reynolds Price

Edition #1: Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy, a

Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy, a (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Trilogies produced by American novelists in the twentieth century can scarcely match A Great Circle's sweep and finesse." Michael Kreyling
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Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy, a (October 2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780743211864
Dimensions: 6.46 x 9.57 x 2.4 in
Pages: 1200

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