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We Five by Mark Dunn

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We Five by Mark Dunn


We Five by Mark Dunn


Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Paperback: 380 pages
ISBN: 9781938103124

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The latest groundbreaking novel from the award-winning author of Ella Minnow Pea, We Five is the timeless story of five women, their suitors, and the endless search for love.

An amalgamation of five novels woven together to tell the same continuous story, Mark Dunn’s stirring tale traces the escapades of five young women—who dub themselves “We Five”—and their suitors through a small mill town outside of Manchester, England in 1859; San Francisco on the eve of the 1906 earthquake and fire; Sinclair Lewis’s fictional Zenith, Winnemac in 1923; London during the Blitz of autumn, 1940; and in a small town in northern Mississippi in 1997. The women slowly become enraptured by their suitors, but little do they know the young men are playing an increasingly villainous and sinister game—the results of which hold deadly consequences and will set in motion an unlikely and devastating chain of events, the likes of which will change the lives of “We Five” forever.

Bouncing expertly between five disparate voices, Mark Dunn’s We Five is a poignant look at gender relations, women’s struggles, and sexual identity that will charm and entertain readers as well as make them think.

" Mark Dunn (Ella Minnow Pea) delivers another high-concept, wildly inventive novel that tells a timeless story... an exuberantly clever if uneven story with a fresh take on gender dynamics, female friendship and the universal search for love ." -Shelf Awareness


Mark Dunn is the author of five previous novels and more than thirty full-length plays. His debut novel, Ella Minnow Peawas winner of the Borders Original Voices Book of the Year, a finalist for the BookSense Book of the Year, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selected title. He Lives in Santa Fe, NM.