The Solitude of Prime Numbers

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers

By Paolo Giordano

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143118596, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

" exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level." -"The New York Times"
A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both "primes"-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together? A brilliantly conceived and elegantly written debut novel, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and what it means to be human.

About the Author
Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. He is working on a doctorate in particle physics. The Solitude of Prime Numbers is his first novel.