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The Novel

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The Novel
First edition cover
AuthorJames Michener
GenreHistorical novel
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages446 pp.

The Novel (1991) is a novel written by American author James A. Michener. A departure from Michener's better known historical fiction, The Novel is told from the viewpoints of four different characters involved in the life and work of a writer of Amish historical novels based in a fictional Pennsylvania Dutch town named Grenzler, in rural Pennsylvania.[1]

There is much discussion of writing, not all of it in support of Michener's own style. Many story devices discussed by the characters are later used by Michener in this same story.

Chapter summary[edit]

  1. The Writer: Lukas Yoder: Narrated by the author of a popular series of historical Amish novels as he works on his "final" novel.
  2. The Editor: Yvonne Marmelle: the personal and professional life of Lukas Yoder's editor.
  3. The Critic: Karl Streibert: a new literary star appears in Grenzler, and tries to rise from Lukas Yoder's shadow.
  4. The Reader: Jane Garland: told in the voice of an avid reader and prominent citizen of the Grenzler area.


  • Michener, James. The Novel. New York: Random House, 1991, Print.
  1. ^ LEHMANN-HAUPT, CHRISTOPHER (March 28, 1991). "'The Novel,' Michener's Novel About a Novel". New York Times. Archived from the original on October 2, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2017.