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Staff Pick

This book will make you think, laugh, cry. It is without question, the best book I've read in several years. The author, a doctor and theologian, gives delicate care toward his characters as I assume he would toward his patients. You won't put this down.
Recommended by John B, Powells.com

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A hospital is preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water. Inside, assailed by mysterious forces, doctors and patients are left to remember the world they've lost and to imagine one to come. At the center, a young medical student finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny. Simultaneously epic and intimate, wildly imaginative and unexpectedly relevant, The Children's Hospital is a work of stunning scope, mesmerizing detail, and wrenching emotion.

Review:

"Medicine, magic, the biblical story of Noah and sociological ruminations about Americans in the throes of the apocalypse come together in physician Adrian's hip, wry and ambitious debut. When the world is submerged beneath seven miles of water, only those aboard the Children's Hospital, a working medical facility and ark built by architect turned prophet John Grampus (who was ordered by God 'to save the kids') survive. Four chatty, digressive and at times grimly comic angels (the recorder, the preserver, the accuser and the destroyer) narrate this epic tale, which follows heart-sick medical student Jemma and the hospital's other unlikely inhabitants (such as the overly-cutely-named Dr. Snood and Ethel Puffer) as they attempt to ensure humanity's survival and live by virtue of the ship's 'replicators,' heaven-sent devices that can make 'apples out of old shoes; shoes out of shit.' Eventually, Jemma discovers her magical ability to heal the sick. As fragments of her tragic past come to light, so do clues about humanity's future, and, after 200 days at sea, what part Jemma will finally play in it. This dense and lengthy satirical-but-sincere novel may challenge readers' patience with its fairy-tale-like characters and its long-windedness, but Adrian's knack for surprise and his ability to find meaning in seemingly ridiculous situations is rewarding." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Many novelists set themselves the task of confronting the world's ills in their fiction. Fewer attempt to actually cure them, as Chris Adrian does in his second novel, 'The Children's Hospital,' a sprawling and impassioned morality tale in which a catastrophe of biblical scale wipes out nearly all life, human and otherwise, on Earth. Adrian has an impressive CV for a young writer: The author of a... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Adrian is master of detail. Trusting our ability to recognize type, he plucks characters from their type and adds enough specifics to bring us face to face with an individual." Boston Globe

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"[A] wildly imaginative tale of loss and redemption, its writing as varied and textured as the story it brings to life." Karla Starr, The Willamette Week

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"To read Chris Adrian is to take part in the exciting process of watching a talented and original writer gain mastery of his powerful gifts." Myla Goldberg, The New York Times Book Review

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"[Adrian's] newest attempt fails to impress....[T]he premise is wonderfully imaginative....[H]e spends too much time trying to wow us with medical jargon, which slows the pace. Sadly, not recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A hospital is preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water. Inside, assailed by mysterious forces, doctors and patients are left to remember the world they've lost and to imagine one to come. At the center, Jemma Claflin, a medical student, finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.

About the Author

Chris Adrian is the author of a previous novel, Gob's Grief, and his short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, and The Best American Short Stories. He recently completed a pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco, and is currently a student at Harvard Divinity School.

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mcmahonle, January 25, 2008 (view all comments by mcmahonle)
This book is fantastic in every sense. Its early description of the fatigue and bewilderment of student doctors is something that everyone who has gone to medical school can relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gifted writer's newest book.
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Greg Murphy, June 16, 2007 (view all comments by Greg Murphy)
Epic and challenging (but not "difficult"), and occasionally frustrating only because even at over 600 pages, there are times you'll want more. Also you'll learn a lot about strange diseases!
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claire.r.foster, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by claire.r.foster)
"The Children's Hospital" is truly of Biblical proportions, but doesn't quite live up to its own legend. Adrian's characters are finely crafted, and his scenes are heartbreakingly true -- but, in the face of the plot, which overwhelms every aspect of the novel, their delicacy collapses. Adrian monopolizes the reader's attention for chapters without addressing the obvious, and ambitious themes of divine redemption, the Apocalypse, and the meaning of love. As a result, the end comes rushing up too soon, but thankfully doesn't leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. This is a good story, with all the earmarks of a future classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932416602
Author:
Adrian, Chris
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Hospitals
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
August 28, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 35 oz

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Product details 600 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781932416602 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This book will make you think, laugh, cry. It is without question, the best book I've read in several years. The author, a doctor and theologian, gives delicate care toward his characters as I assume he would toward his patients. You won't put this down.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Medicine, magic, the biblical story of Noah and sociological ruminations about Americans in the throes of the apocalypse come together in physician Adrian's hip, wry and ambitious debut. When the world is submerged beneath seven miles of water, only those aboard the Children's Hospital, a working medical facility and ark built by architect turned prophet John Grampus (who was ordered by God 'to save the kids') survive. Four chatty, digressive and at times grimly comic angels (the recorder, the preserver, the accuser and the destroyer) narrate this epic tale, which follows heart-sick medical student Jemma and the hospital's other unlikely inhabitants (such as the overly-cutely-named Dr. Snood and Ethel Puffer) as they attempt to ensure humanity's survival and live by virtue of the ship's 'replicators,' heaven-sent devices that can make 'apples out of old shoes; shoes out of shit.' Eventually, Jemma discovers her magical ability to heal the sick. As fragments of her tragic past come to light, so do clues about humanity's future, and, after 200 days at sea, what part Jemma will finally play in it. This dense and lengthy satirical-but-sincere novel may challenge readers' patience with its fairy-tale-like characters and its long-windedness, but Adrian's knack for surprise and his ability to find meaning in seemingly ridiculous situations is rewarding." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Adrian is master of detail. Trusting our ability to recognize type, he plucks characters from their type and adds enough specifics to bring us face to face with an individual."
"Review" by , "[A] wildly imaginative tale of loss and redemption, its writing as varied and textured as the story it brings to life."
"Review" by , "To read Chris Adrian is to take part in the exciting process of watching a talented and original writer gain mastery of his powerful gifts."
"Review" by , "[Adrian's] newest attempt fails to impress....[T]he premise is wonderfully imaginative....[H]e spends too much time trying to wow us with medical jargon, which slows the pace. Sadly, not recommended."
"Synopsis" by , A hospital is preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water. Inside, assailed by mysterious forces, doctors and patients are left to remember the world they've lost and to imagine one to come. At the center, Jemma Claflin, a medical student, finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.
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