By David Plante, MD
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307278012, 247pp.)

Publication Date: December 2, 2008

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An original and radiant novel about grief, obsession, and the need for meaning from the author of "The Family," a finalist for the National Book Award.When his young son dies in a freak accident, Gerard struggles to find a reason in the smallest of details, including the scrap of paper containing the Sanskrit alphabet that is found at the site. Latching on to this final "clue," he delves into the origins of Indo-European alphabets, his fascination taking him to England, Greece, and finally, to an ancient site in the Syrian desert where the alphabet was born some 4000 years ago. Along the way he meets other grieving parents, who accompany him on a journey that extends beyond historical knowledge and right into the heart of love and loss.

About the Author
David Plante is the author of the novels "The Ghost of Henry James", " The Family "(nominated for the National Book Award), "The Woods", " The Country", "The Foreigner", " The Native", " The Accident", "Annunciation" and "The Age of Terror". He has published stories and profiles in the "New Yorker", and features in the "New York Times", " Esquire" and "Vogue". He lives in London; Lucca, Italy; and Athens, Greece.
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