By Ethan Canin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this spell binding novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the character of genius, competition, ambition, and love between a number of generations of a talented family.
Milo Andret is born with an strange brain. A lonely baby becoming up within the woods of northern Michigan within the Nineteen Fifties, he provides little proposal to his personal expertise. yet along with his reputation at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the level, and the dangers, of his singular presents. California within the seventies is a seduction, establishing Milo’s eyes to the attract of either ambition and indulgence. The examine he starts there'll make him a legend; the lady he meets there—and the rival he meets along her—will hang-out him for the remainder of his lifestyles. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a depressing want that quickly grows to threaten his paintings, his relations, even his existence.
Spanning seven a long time because it strikes from California to Princeton to the Midwest to ny, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the tale of a family members because it explores the way in which ambition lives along destructiveness, obsession along torment, love along grief. it's a tale of ways the flame of genius either lighting fixtures and scorches each iteration it touches. Graced through lovely prose and tremendous storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a shocking, suspenseful, and deeply relocating novel, a big paintings via a author who has been hailed as “the so much mature and entire novelist of his generation.”
Praise for A Doubter’s Almanac
“[Canin] is on the best of his shape, fluent, immersive, convinced. chances are you'll now not understand the place he’s taking you, however the characters are so shiny, Hans’s voice rendered so accurately, that it’s most unlikely to not belief within the tale. . . . the fragile networks of emotion and connection that make up a family members are illuminated, as though by way of magic, through his prose.”—Slate
“Alternately explosive and deeply interior.”—New York (“Eight Books you want to Read”)
“A blazingly clever novel.”—Los Angeles Times
“Math made appealing . . . Canin writes with such luxuriant good looks and smooth sympathy that even sufferers of Algebra II will stick with his calculations of the guts with rapt comprehension.”—The Washington Post
“A masterful author at his transcendent best.”—BBC
“Elegant and devastating . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is exquisitely crafted. Canin takes us readers deep into the unusual global of his characters with out ever making us conscious of the hassle concerned. . . . a wierd and fully beautiful novel.”—NPR’s Fresh Air
“There is a shimmering loveliness to Canin’s glimpses of upper arithmetic. . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is a unique whose success is absolutely equivalent to the . . . tragedy it portrays. Ethan Canin is aware either the attract of serious highbrow accomplishment and the fee it exacts from those that pursue it. in contrast to his protagonist, his personal prodigious attempt has produced a piece of beautiful and enduring beauty.”—Bookreporter
“Ethan Canin writes approximately arithmetic as brilliantly as T. S. Eliot writes approximately poetry. With this remarkable novel, Ethan Canin now takes his position at the excessive cord with the simplest writers of his time.”[b]—Pat Conroy
“A publication that increases the bar for novelists.”[b]—Literary Hub
“Staggeringly bold . . . a narrative of majestic sweep.”—Paste
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That she herself was looking remarkably pretty, with her dusky curls and charming complexion admirably set off by a high-crowned bonnet, with curled ostrich-feather tips, and crimson ribbons tied into a bow under one ear, never entered her head, since Mr Tallant’s daughters had always been discouraged from thinking much about their appearance. She paused on the threshold, while the butler murmured her name and Miss Blackburn’s, quite unselfconscious, but looking about her with a kind of wide-eyed, innocent interest.
Sit in that horrid, draughty carriage all that time? ’ she declared. ’ said Miss Blackburn. ‘Of course we cannot! Either way I am persuaded you would catch your death! There must be a house hereabouts which would lend us shelter! ’ They plainly shone from the windows of a residence set a little back from the road. The groom volunteered the information that he had noticed some lodge gates a few steps back. ’ said Arabella briskly. indd 53 6/10/09 2:20:55 PM Georgette Heyer Miss Blackburn, a timorous soul, protested feebly.
What! Sit in that horrid, draughty carriage all that time? ’ she declared. ’ said Miss Blackburn. ‘Of course we cannot! Either way I am persuaded you would catch your death! There must be a house hereabouts which would lend us shelter! ’ They plainly shone from the windows of a residence set a little back from the road. The groom volunteered the information that he had noticed some lodge gates a few steps back. ’ said Arabella briskly. indd 53 6/10/09 2:20:55 PM Georgette Heyer Miss Blackburn, a timorous soul, protested feebly.
A Doubter's Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin