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 is the author of the critically acclaimed TheHuman Bodyand the international bestseller The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the youngest ever winner of Italy's prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega. Giordano has a PhD in particle physics and is now a full-time writer. He lives in Italy.