From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Overstory, an intense, thrilling novel about a near fatal accident and its devastating consequences
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, an intense, thrilling novel about a near fatal accident and its devastating consequences.
On a winter night, Mark Schluter’s truck turns over in a near-fatal accident. His sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to look after him. But when he finally awakes from his coma, Mark believes that Karin – who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister – is really an identical impostor.
Shattered by her brother’s behaviour, Karin contacts neuroscientist Dr Gerald Weber. But what Weber discovers in Mark begins to undermine even his own sense of self. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what really happened. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
‘A psychological thriller, a flawed love story, a study of authenticity in emotions, a commentary on America's relations with itself and the world, humanity and ecology... undoubtedly magnificent’ The Times
“Among his most stunning yet: profound and heartbreaking”
“A psychological thriller, a flawed love story, a study of authenticity in emotions, a commentary on America's relations with itself and the world, humanity and ecollogy... undoubtedly magnificent”
“There's no other way to say it: Richard Powers is a genius”
“Richard Powers is the most intellectually stimulating novelist at work in the English language today...[He writes] luminous prose. Sentence after sentence has the razor-sharp quality of aphorism about the weird wired world we have made”
“Powers's most accessible novel...a novel of unseemly richness and complexity, never dry or condescending, always weaving its way towards an unsettling emotional climax”
“An eloquent style, a strongly localised setting and a wealth of arcane and intricately researched detail...the novel is full of character, in cast and locale, and it impressively manages to be both meditative and compelling”
Hugo Barnacle, Sunday Times