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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Salon.com Top Ten Book of the Year
A Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Best Book of the Year
A Slate Best Book of the Year

Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships.

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey--who believes himself to be a secret agent able to control the weather--his investigation leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, in search of the woman he loves.

Fiction & Literature
May 27
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

Twintails ,

Inside The Mind of Capgras Delusion

This is a very twisty read. The story behaves almost like a mystery novel. One feels empathy for the two main characters. The thoughts of Leo sometimes seem hard to follow, but a quick review of the facts set you back on track. It's interesting to see a post-modern utilize delusional misidentification syndrome, it seems so at home in the style that finds identity by communicating about the lack or misplacement of identity.

Captain Frederic ,

Pretentious wandering

This was the most banal descent into madness I could imagine. The only surprise was how persistently a march of boredom could be sustained. It's only saving graces was its relative brevity.

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