Atmospheric Disturbances A Novel

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/27/2009
  • Publisher: Picador

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When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife, Rema, disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. Certain that the original Rema is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love. "Atmospheric Disturbances "is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships ("Booklist").

Author Biography

RIVKA GALCHEN recieved her MD from the Mount Sinai Shool of Medicine, having spent a year in South America working on public health issues. Galchen recently completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham Fellow. Her essay on the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics was published in The Believer, and she is the recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Galchen lives in New York City. This is her first novel.

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"A relentless exploration of how a man could fail to see clearly the woman he loves . . . [A novel] that knows how to move from the comic to the painful . . . Galchen has a knack for taking a thread and fraying it, so that a sentence never quite ends up where you expect."--James Wood, The New Yorker
"At once mournful and playful . . . [a] droll, exquisite first novel."--Laura Miller, Salon.com
"There are passages so achingly beautiful in Galchen's strange puzzle of a book--about love, resilience, and perception."--Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
"A dense, fractally complex first novel by the conspicuously talented Rivka Galchen."--Lev Grossman, Time
"Galchen's dark and comical mystery is a clever take on the ways love, longing and overanalysis can drive you absolutely nuts."--Marie Claire
"Genuinely suspenseful . . . Ms. Galchen is a writer to be watched."--The Economist

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