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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409079064
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The Invention of Everything Else

The Invention of Everything Else is a tremendously powerful and moving exploration of human loneliness and isolation, and the opposing powers of emotional and scientific imagination.

Louisa is an imaginative and curious chambermaid who, while cleaning rooms at the New Yorker Hotel, stumbles across a man living permanently in room 3327, which he has transformed into a scientific laboratory. Brought together by a shared interest in the pigeons that nest in the hotel, Louisa discovers that the mysterious guest is Nikola Tesla, one of the most brilliant - and most neglected - inventors of the twentieth century.

The Invention of Everything Else charts the relationship of the girl and the genius during the last week of Tesla's life, when sinister forces are closing in on him. As well as being an engaging literary mystery, this exceptional novel movingly tells the life story of this extraordinary man and also recounts the heartbreak and redemption of one ordinary family...

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409079064
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt's fiction has been published in the New Yorker and McSweeney's and she has written one previous novel. She received the '5 under 35' award from the American National Book Foundation in 2006 and currently teaches writing and bookmaking at the Pratt Institute.

Praise for The Invention of Everything Else

Completely original, one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices I've read in years

Dave Eggers

Samantha Hunt's writing is free of affectation and carries surprising conviction.

The New Yorker

A sophisticated pastiche of science fiction, fantasy, melodrama, and historical anecdote....It all adds up to a precocious math of human marvel.


Ingenious work of historical fiction

Marie Claire

Hunt presents a convincing portrayal of youthful confusion... [Her] gray, Chekhovian moments mark Hunt as a writer to watch.

Time Out New York


Vanity Fair

A brilliant evocation of the life of the inventor Nikola Tesla


In language at once poetic and precise, Hunt sets the reader's sense of the "real world" gently askew: the result is a ravishing, utterly unique read.


Both intelligent and compassionate... admirably ambitious

Daily Telegraph

A fresh original voice....believable and hilarious... this is a literary novel that deserves a wide readership.. a real talent to watch

Sunday Express

Hunt's deft blend of sf elements and romantic subplots may remind readers of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, while her prose style and attention to historical detail are on a par with Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Hunt's greatest triumph, however, lies in her depiction of Tesla, who wavers between genius and madness with carefully controlled charm.

Library Journal

A fantastical story that engages the heart and mind, as Hunt pays tribute to the power of invention, and the enduring strength of love


Hunt has done a fine job of reanimating the dead and reawakening my curiosity about this odd, overlooked man... Hunt's prose is sylish and tasty and her observations wise and witty


Weird and wonderful debut novel


Remarkable...Hunt wears her historical and scientific learning lightly

Financial Times

An ambitious conflation of fact and fiction

Literary Review

Samantha Hunt's fantasy comes closer than any biography to solving the riddle of Tesla's commercial and personal failings ... The Invention of Everything Else is perfect for nights spent in the wrong hotel, once your travel plans have, as usual, gone subtly awry

New Scientist

a fascinating blend of fact, fiction, history and dare I say, science fiction surrounding the weird and wonderful life of Nikola Tesla the acknowledged father of radio and AC electricity.


her portrait of Tesla buzzes with vitality


This unusual novel skilfully interweaves the story of the eccentric inventor of radio and AC electricity with that of Louisa ... a compelling novel.

Emma Lee-Potter, Express

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