By Richard Powers W.W. NORTON & COMPANY | $27.95


This slim novel is nothing short of transporti­ve, starting from the very first line. A scientist, shattered by his wife’s untimely death, struggles to raise his unusual young son in a world that wants to mold him into something he is not. When he is introduced to a treatment that may change everything for the both of them, he must decide which path he’ll travel. Powers expertly grapples with existentia­l questions, interspers­ing beatific rays of hope throughout the story like sunbeams.

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