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Publisher Description

All the Light We Cannot See meets The Nightingale in this literary WWI-era novel and epic love story of a brilliant young doctor who races against Einstein to solve one of the universe's great mysteries.
In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar's army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing to America, Miri and Vanya have been raised by their babushka, a famous matchmaker who has taught them to protect themselves at all costs: to fight, to kill if necessary, and always to have an escape plan. But now, with fierce, headstrong Miri on the verge of becoming one of Russia's only female surgeons, and Vanya hoping to solve the final puzzles of Einstein's elusive theory of relativity, can they bear to leave the homeland that has given them so much?
Before they have time to make their choice, war is declared and Vanya goes missing, along with Miri's fiancé. Miri braves the firing squad to go looking for them both. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri's own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance.
Grounded in real history -- and inspired by the solar eclipse of 1914 -- A Bend in the Stars offers a heart-stopping account of modern science's greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia.

Fiction & Literature
May 14
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

NoBrainerToMe ,

Bend in the stars

This book is a historical fiction about the plight of Russian Jews during the time of Einstein coming up with the theory of relativity. The characters were intriguing and the author does a nice job of educating us about Jewish traditions. I did not like that the author gave credit to a fictional character for relativity. She could have used him finding the elliptical photographs to prove this instead of him coming up with the ‘elevator’ theory which was clearly Einstein’s discovery.
The thing I liked the most is how she related to the Russian Jews. I read there were over 150,000 murders of Russian Jews and almost countless rapes of women during this period, prior to the holocaust. It was nice to see this plight brought out which is rarely written about.

ellpainter ,

Great title

A very brilliant page turner and learned so much about

physicist#8 ,

Send it back to the stars

Heard about this book through a positive author interview on NPR. It sounded interesting so I gave it a try. I struggled half way through it and gave up out of boredom. Very shallow and obvious characters and a trivial and uninteresting and equally obvious plot. Even the relativity part is not very good. There’s nothing here to actually get get engrossed in and care about. Real disappointment give the positive tone of the review.

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