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About the Author: Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes (born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1945) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and professor, and the former poet laureate of California (2008–2011). Her most recent book of poetry, Sparrow (Random House, 2003), chronicling the love and loss of Muske-Dukes’ late husband, actor David Dukes, was a National Book Award finalist.

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Goodreads rating: 3.18

Paperback, Published in Aug 2008 by Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN10: 0812967496 | ISBN13: 9780812967494

Page count: 288

Fresh out of graduate school, Holly Mattox is a young, newly married, and spirited poet who moves to New York City from Minnesota in the early seventies. Hoping to share her passion for words and social justice, she decides to teach poetry at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island, only minutes from Manhattan. There Holly meets a woman who will change her life forever: Polly Lyle Clement, an inmate who claims that she is a descendant of Mark Twain and is capable of channeling his voice. As Holly is caught up in the drama of her students’ lives, her identification with their despair leads her to lose all perspective on the nature of justice. And when she is drawn into an affair with a fellow poet, Holly risks all that is familiar and conventional in her life.

Praise for Channeling Mark Twain:

National Book Award Finalist

“Muske-Dukes takes vast chances with both her voice and her subject matter, and ends up with a work strongly based on reality, but unquestionably elevated into the wondrous realm of art.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“This is a novel that asks all the right questions–about writing, about life, about our common humanity.”
–The Times-Picayune

“A gripping story complete with a politically charged narrative, sexual tension and vividly drawn characters.”
–Time Out New York

“Riveting . . . a powerful story.”
–The Washington Post

“Muske-Dukes shows us there is something magical and mighty in the connections that art can forge among human beings.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[An] elegant work of prose.”
–People (four stars)

“Deeply rewarding.”
–The Wall Street Journal

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