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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Marisha Pessl - Author

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ISBN 9780143112129 | 528 pages | 24 Apr 2007 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
Awards
  • New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
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"Dazzling," (People) "Exuberant," (Vogue) "marvelously entertaining," (The Dallas Morning News) Marisha Pessl's mesmerizing debut has critics raving and heralds the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of this "cracking good read"4 is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway school, she finds some-a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel-with "visual aids" drawn by the author-that has won over readers of all ages.

A whirling, glittering, multifaceted marvel. (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

Place[s] the author alongside young, eclectic talents like Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Zadie Smith. (Vogue)


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