Atmospheric Disturbances

By Rivka Galchen
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312428433, 240pp.)

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year
A "" Top Ten Book of the Year
A "Plain Dealer" (Cleveland) Best Book of the Year
A "Slate "Best Book of the Year

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey--who believes himself to be a secret agent able to conrtol the weather--his investigation leads him from the streets of "New York City" to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, in search of the woman he loves. "Atmospheric Disturbances" is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" ("Booklist") novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships.

About the Author
Rivka Galchen is the author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances. In 2010, The New Yorker selected her as one of its notable 20 Under 40 young writers. She lives in New York City.
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