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Hailed as “a writer of uncommon clarity” by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliffs rigorous colleague–and girlfriend–Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it.

With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.

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In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the swiftly changing times. In 1979, the Cold War is waning and the age of protest has come and gone, leaving a once radical family to face a new set of challenges. Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, struggles both to succeed in a career he doesnt quite believe in and to live up to his fathers leftist legacy. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, joins a cultlike group in search of the fulfillment she once felt. Happy-go-lucky Benjamin is heading off to college, there to experience an awakening of social conscience, and sixteen-year-old Vanessa finds a cure for alienation in D.C.s hardcore music scene. As each of them follows separate trajectories of personal protest and compromise along the edge of a new decade, radical traditions long dormant in their family awaken once again, with shocking, far-reaching results. A poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, Something Red is a masterly novel that unfurls with suspense, humor, and insight.

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National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Author

Allegra Goodmans work has appeared in the New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Slate, and the American Scholar. Named by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, she is also the recipient of a Whiting Award and the Salon magazine award for fiction. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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labrys, April 13, 2008 (view all comments by labrys)
an exquisite book that paints convincing characters - very reminicent of the grad students and academic dysfunction I know - with enough intrigue to keep you on your toes! a great read - certainly her best yet!
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Elaine, February 21, 2007 (view all comments by Elaine)
I wonder whether the earlier reviewer listened to an abridged edition of this book, because I think this is a wonderful book. I am a research scientist (although in a very different field) and although this is a novel, it felt very much like the reality I know. The intensity of some of the characters was right on target, and the jealousies, the competitiveness - they're all right there in my lab.

I read Goodman's earlier Kaaterskill Falls and liked it, but this is a much much more interesting read.
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Baby Djojonegoro, February 15, 2007 (view all comments by Baby Djojonegoro)
Maybe this book is better read than listened to, because after I listened to the audiobook I came away marveling at how it could have gotten rave reviews. I had read that this book got the science, and the lab politics behind the science, right through its well-sketched out characters. Well, maybe by Dan Brown standards the characters are full, complex individuals, but by my standards they are little more than cardboard figures who are meant to stand for something (the Impetuous Genius who gets his comeuppance, the Charmless Schoolmarm who's vindicated). Too often the author told me what a character was like instead of letting me infer it from the his/her actions - usually in a long passage when a sentence or two would do. I gave this book a chance, listened all the way to the end, but couldn't muster up any genuine interest in the characters and hence their predicament. It reminded me of why I got out of the lab: it's a long, sometimes painful slog, with no real payoff at the end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385336109
Author:
Goodman, Allegra
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Gilmore, Jennifer
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Medical novels
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.64 lb

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In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the swiftly changing times. In 1979, the Cold War is waning and the age of protest has come and gone, leaving a once radical family to face a new set of challenges. Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, struggles both to succeed in a career he doesnt quite believe in and to live up to his fathers leftist legacy. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, joins a cultlike group in search of the fulfillment she once felt. Happy-go-lucky Benjamin is heading off to college, there to experience an awakening of social conscience, and sixteen-year-old Vanessa finds a cure for alienation in D.C.s hardcore music scene. As each of them follows separate trajectories of personal protest and compromise along the edge of a new decade, radical traditions long dormant in their family awaken once again, with shocking, far-reaching results. A poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, Something Red is a masterly novel that unfurls with suspense, humor, and insight.
"Synopsis" by , National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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