When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her.While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo's quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false.More
"Everything is other than it appears to be in Galchen's assured debut - an intricate puzzle powered by urgently beating heart....A superb first novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling, Galchen's metaphysical tale of longing, grief, love, and the volatility of the self gracefully charts the tempestuous weather of the human psyche." (Booklist)
"Galchen's astonishing debut is rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling that keeps the reader as baffled as Leo right to the end." (Library Journal)
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Implausible story line ruins the book
- Jeffrey Keimer "Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events."
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