Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Best Books of the Year | December 8, 2014

    Tracey T.: IMG Best Cookbooks of 2014



    As the cookbook buyer for Powell's Books, I am the lucky one who gets to choose every new cookbook that comes into our stores. This means I have a... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z

This title in other editions

Long for This World

by

Long for This World Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A wise and richly symphonic first novel, Long for This World is a thoroughly contemporary family drama that hinges on a riveting medical dilemma. Dr. Henry Moss is a dedicated geneticist who stumbles upon a possible cure for a disease that causes rapid aging and early death in children. Although his discovery may hold the key to eternal youth, exploiting it is an ethical minefield. Henry must make a painful choice: he can save the life of a critically ill boy he has grown to love — at the cost of his career — or he can sell his findings for a fortune to match the wealth of his dot-com-rich Seattle neighbors. Henry turns to his family for support, and in their intimately detailed lives unfolds a story of unforgettable characters grappling with their own demons.

Review:

"[A] compassionate, richly detailed debut novel....[The] characterizations are so vivid and convincing that they are nearly hyper-real, as if Byers had set his protagonists under a microscope." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"No one is overdrawn, everyone is as real and worth knowing as he or she can be....Deep and real." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]he well-developed characters and richly described setting distinguish this book and linger in the reader's memory....[S]olid plotting, lovingly developed characters, and thoughtful exploration of social and cultural issues." Ellen Loughran, Booklist

Review:

"Byers has written a moving tribute to the modern family, realistically addressing contemporary issues and creating engaging characters whose thoughts and feelings are wonderfully rendered....Great reading for all; highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"There are many moments of quiet awareness and expectation in Long for This World, but it is also a noisy novel of manners — and money." Kerry Fried, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A medical-ethical thriller with a warm domestic heart...accomplished...sympathetic and engaging." Francine Prose, O, the Oprah Magazine

Review:

"This story will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. It will also probably make you lie in bed at night and think about things that should be thought about: medical ethics, the moral choices in everyday life, the meaning of friendship and love and compassion, the need for connection. Michael Byers is a master." Elizabeth Berg

Review:

"Feels like a blessing, a gift....Byers's metaphorical langauge brilliantly captures a host of elusive, evanescent feelings....Poignant." Dan Cryer, Newsday

Synopsis:

This wise and richly symphonic first novel by the award-winning author of The Coast of Good Intentions is a thoroughly contemporary family drama that hinges on a riveting medical dilemma. Dr. Henry Moss, a dedicated geneticist, happens upon a possible cure for a disease that causes rapid aging and early death in children. His discovery may hold the key to eternal youth, but exploiting it is an ethical minefield. Henry must make a painful choice: he can save the life of a critically ill boy he has grown to love — at the cost of his career — or he can sell his discovery for a fortune to match the wealth of his dot-com-rich Seattle neighbors. For help Henry turns to his close-knit family, and in their intimately detailed lives a story blossoms of unforgettable characters grappling with their own demons. Henry"s wryly intelligent wife, Ilse, longs to rediscover some passion as she faces middle age and languishes in a dead-end job. Their daughter, a high school basketball star, suffers setbacks and the pangs of early love, while their sweet, hapless son drifts into adolescence. These utterly real characters inhabit a story that, in Elizabeth Berg"s words, "will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. It will also probably make you lie in bed at night and think about things that should be thought about: medical ethics, the moral choices of everyday life, the meaning of friendship and love and compassion, the need for connection."

About the Author

Michael Byers's story collection The Coast of Good Intentions won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Long for This World was featured on the History Channel's "Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine." The recipient of a Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, Byers lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618446483
Author:
Byers, Michael
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Sick children
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
May 21, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.38x5.56x1.14 in. 1.12 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Evidence of Things Unseen
    Used Trade Paper $3.38
  2. Liars and Saints: A Novel Used Trade Paper $3.95
  3. Our Lady of the Forest Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. Book of Salt Used Hardcover $4.50
  5. I Love You Like a Tomato Used Mass Market $1.95
  6. A Certain Slant of Light
    Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Long for This World Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.95 In Stock
Product details 448 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618446483 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] compassionate, richly detailed debut novel....[The] characterizations are so vivid and convincing that they are nearly hyper-real, as if Byers had set his protagonists under a microscope."
"Review" by , "No one is overdrawn, everyone is as real and worth knowing as he or she can be....Deep and real."
"Review" by , "[T]he well-developed characters and richly described setting distinguish this book and linger in the reader's memory....[S]olid plotting, lovingly developed characters, and thoughtful exploration of social and cultural issues."
"Review" by , "Byers has written a moving tribute to the modern family, realistically addressing contemporary issues and creating engaging characters whose thoughts and feelings are wonderfully rendered....Great reading for all; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "There are many moments of quiet awareness and expectation in Long for This World, but it is also a noisy novel of manners — and money."
"Review" by , "A medical-ethical thriller with a warm domestic heart...accomplished...sympathetic and engaging."
"Review" by , "This story will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. It will also probably make you lie in bed at night and think about things that should be thought about: medical ethics, the moral choices in everyday life, the meaning of friendship and love and compassion, the need for connection. Michael Byers is a master."
"Review" by , "Feels like a blessing, a gift....Byers's metaphorical langauge brilliantly captures a host of elusive, evanescent feelings....Poignant."
"Synopsis" by , This wise and richly symphonic first novel by the award-winning author of The Coast of Good Intentions is a thoroughly contemporary family drama that hinges on a riveting medical dilemma. Dr. Henry Moss, a dedicated geneticist, happens upon a possible cure for a disease that causes rapid aging and early death in children. His discovery may hold the key to eternal youth, but exploiting it is an ethical minefield. Henry must make a painful choice: he can save the life of a critically ill boy he has grown to love — at the cost of his career — or he can sell his discovery for a fortune to match the wealth of his dot-com-rich Seattle neighbors. For help Henry turns to his close-knit family, and in their intimately detailed lives a story blossoms of unforgettable characters grappling with their own demons. Henry"s wryly intelligent wife, Ilse, longs to rediscover some passion as she faces middle age and languishes in a dead-end job. Their daughter, a high school basketball star, suffers setbacks and the pangs of early love, while their sweet, hapless son drifts into adolescence. These utterly real characters inhabit a story that, in Elizabeth Berg"s words, "will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. It will also probably make you lie in bed at night and think about things that should be thought about: medical ethics, the moral choices of everyday life, the meaning of friendship and love and compassion, the need for connection."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.