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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, an enthralling story about desire, new love and the mysteries of science

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, an enthralling story about desire, new love and the mysteries of science
The Gold Bug Variations is a double love story of two young couples separated by a distance of twenty-five years. Stuart Ressler, a brilliant young molecular biologist, sets out in 1957 to crack the genetic code. His efforts are sidetracked by other, more intractable codes – social, moral, musical, spiritual – and he falls in love with a member of his research team.

Years later, another young man and woman team up to investigate a different scientific mystery – why did the eminently promising Ressler suddenly disappear from the world of science? Strand by strand, these two love stories twist about each other in a double helix of desire.

Reviews

A love story of charm and substance, brimming over with ideas, yet anchored in emotional truth. The plot is as labyrinthine as any by Umberto Eco... Extremely witty... Dip into this book at random and the chances are it will sit up and bite you like a rattlesnake

Sunday Telegraph

The most lavishly ambitious American novel since Gravity's Rainbow... An outright marvel

Washington Post

The Gold Bug Variations has everything... Stunning... Almost every sentence is a heroic tour de force... The joy to be taken in reading the book is, like the pleasure of studying crystal multiplication, in seeing a pattern swarm mosaically over everything, watching a stencil laid over life

New York Times

One of the best writers working now

Audrey Niffenegger

Powers has triumphantly restored...the philosophical novel

Observer

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  • Paperback

    9781784709723

    November 5, 2019

    Vintage

    640 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781473562165

    November 7, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    640 pages

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