Dominic Smith's novel explores genius and loss, failure and redemption, and a son's struggle with the crushing weight of his father's expectations. Nathan Nelson is just above average in everything he does. However, his father, a renowned physicist, pursuing his quest to uncover his son's latent gifts, sends Nathan to whiz-kid summer camps to learn college algebra. By the time Nathan is 17, hopes for a late-blooming prodigy seem dashed. Then a tragic accident and ensuing coma leave Nathan with an altered mind that allows him to memorize vast amounts of information. Nathan's father, seeking an application for the new talent, sends him to a research institute where, amid misfits and savants, Nathan tries to find a purpose for the new way he perceives the world.More
"Lyrical...poetic and darkly romantic...evocative." (Boston Globe)
"Highly entertaining...fascinating...Smith writes vividly....He has a talent for descriptive imagery." (New York Times)
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Is that all there is?
Ugh... goes nowhere... terribly boring