The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael's personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael's personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity'
A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man's ambitions and self deceptions, Solaris a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world's great writers. From the Hardcover edition.
“A pleasure to read. . . .McEwan mines Beard’s rich and extravagant interior life for comic gold. McEwan proves himself comfortable not just with comedy and suspense but with science as well.” -The Salt Lake Tribune
“Elegant and surprising. . . .McEwan reaches for a lighter, more comic mode than usual. . . .The overarching plot pulls off a clinching novelistic coup.” -The Guardian London
“Provoking. . . .With carefully plotted twists. . . .It is a sign of McEwan’s comic skill that he makes us sympathize with the protagonist. . . .Longtime readers of McEwan know how skilled he is at producing disasters from the ordinary, the way a magician pulls a bunny from a hat.” -Slate
“Charlie Chaplinesque. . .The comedy keeps coming….Solar tells the story of our polluted planet more vividly than any amount of well explained physics.” -Bloomberg News