By Ethan Canin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this enthralling novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the character of genius, contention, 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 Fifties, he provides little concept to his personal expertise. yet along with his attractiveness at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the level, and the hazards, of his singular presents. California within the seventies is a seduction, starting Milo’s eyes to the attract of either ambition and indulgence. The study 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 kin, even his existence.
Spanning seven many years because it strikes from California to Princeton to the Midwest to big apple, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the tale of a relations because it explores the way in which ambition lives along destructiveness, obsession along torment, love along grief. it's a tale of the way the flame of genius either lighting fixtures and scorches each iteration it touches. Graced via attractive prose and fantastic storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a stunning, suspenseful, and deeply relocating novel, a big paintings through a author who has been hailed as “the such a lot mature and finished 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 recognize the place he’s taking you, however the characters are so shiny, Hans’s voice rendered so accurately, that it’s very unlikely to not belief within the tale. . . . the fragile networks of emotion and connection that make up a kin are illuminated, as though through magic, through his prose.”—Slate
“Alternately explosive and deeply interior.”—New York (“Eight Books you must Read”)
“A blazingly clever novel.”—Los Angeles Times
“Math made attractive . . . Canin writes with such luxuriant attractiveness and gentle sympathy that even sufferers of Algebra II will persist with his calculations of the center 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 afflicted characters with out ever making us conscious of the trouble concerned. . . . a strange and fully pleasing novel.”—NPR’s Fresh Air
“There is a shimmering loveliness to Canin’s glimpses of upper arithmetic. . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is a singular whose success is absolutely equivalent to the . . . tragedy it portrays. Ethan Canin is aware either the attract of serious highbrow accomplishment and the associated 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 notable novel, Ethan Canin now takes his position at the excessive cord with the simplest writers of his time.”[b]—Pat Conroy
“A e-book that increases the bar for novelists.”[b]—Literary Hub
“Staggeringly formidable . . . a narrative of majestic sweep.”—Paste
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One cannot really manage effectively from thousands of miles away. And there were Mother and Belinda to consider. " He did not answer right away, considering her words. Finally he said, "No. I don't regret it. It's a different sort of life, but I suppose it is really the one I was born and bred for. No matter how beautiful the Rockies are, however challenging the land or the work, this is where I belong. " A quick grin quirked up the corners of his mouth. " Olivia smiled back. "Do you think we shall have a repeat performance tonight?
Stephen exclaimed. "We'll never catch him in this light. " He turned and really looked at Olivia for the first time, taking in her disheveled state. Olivia realized that her sash had slipped loose during her mad dash, so that the sides of her dressing gown hung loosely, a gap down the center at the top exposing the white lace of her chemise. She straightened, raising her chin, and belted the robe more tightly. "I was about to dress for dinner," she explained with all the dignity she could muster and pushed back her hair with her hands.
You cannot," he replied. " "Here? " Lady St. Leger asked, tears thickening her voice. " "I am among the shades," the low voice continued in its odd, jerky way. "But I cannot rest. " Lady St. Leger's voice registered alarm. "Why not? " "There are many lost souls here. " The voice grew fainter and more whispery. "They cannot rest because of what was taken away from them. " Lady St. Leger cried out, her voice full of distress. " Beside Olivia, Stephen pulled his hand away from Olivia's and crashed it down flat on the table.
A Doubter's Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin