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As She Climbed across the Table: A Novelby Jonathan Lethem
Synopses & Reviews
Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.
The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.
Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."
From the Hardcover edition.
Professor Philip Engstrand loses the love of his life, a particle physicist named Professor Alice Coombs, to an artificially created nothingness she and her colleagues call Lack, a rift in the universe that acts much like nothing. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
\Jonathan Lethem is the author of the novels Gun, with Occasional Music; Amnesia Moon;Girl in Landscape;and Motherless Brooklyn, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also written a collection of stories, The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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