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Maggie Shipstead graduated from Harvard in 2005 and earned an M.F.A at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was also a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the LA Times Prize for First Fiction. Astonish Me is her second novel.


`Beautifully written, a top-class novel set in a fascinating world' Louisa Young, Observer

`Brims with emotion ... an accomplished novel embracing both domestic drama and the competitive quest for perfection' Sunday Times

`So graceful, so dazzling, so sure-handed and fearless, that at times I had to remind myself to breathe' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

`I will be paying close attention to Shipstead's career from here on in' Jeffrey Eugenides

`A bravura display of high-performance art, the only constant its quest for perfection' Catherine Taylor, Guardian

`Very well-written, and cleverly constructed with some elegant pirouettes of its own in the story's twists and turns' Daily Mail

`Passionate, gripping and wise about the human heart. One of those wonderful books that leave you bereft yet completely satisfied' Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met

`Shipstead is shaping up as a master storyteller' Financial Times

`Brilliantly written; the first ballet novel for grown-ups' The Times

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