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Dec. 31, 2003

Jan. 2 WSUI "Live From Prairie Lights" Features Faber

"Live from Prairie Lights," the series of broadcast readings hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature an archive broadcast of a reading by novelist Michel Faber at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2.

Listen to the reading on the internet at

In Oct. 2002, Faber read from his novel "The Crimson Petal and the White," which was billed as "the first great 19th-century novel of the 21st century." The novel became a New York Times "Notable Book," and was named a "Best Book of the Year" by People, Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune.

A Publishers Weekly preview summarized, "Faber's bawdy, brilliant third novel tells an intricate tale of love and ambition and paints a new portrait of Victorian England and its citizens in prose crackling with insight and bravado. Using the wealthy Rackham clan as a focal point for his sprawling, gorgeous epic, Faber, like Dickens or Hardy, explores an era's secrets and social hypocrisy."

A starred review in Booklist commented, "An unseen narrator bids the reader into a London that at first seems simply Dickensian. But Faber's breathtaking novel is more intimate with its characters and less hopeful in its resolutions. This is part saga, part morality play, and utterly engrossing."

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