The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paperback)

By Paolo Giordano

Penguin Books, 9780143118596, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

April 2010 Indie Next List

“Childhood traumas have shattered Alice and Mattia physically and psychologically. A friendship that begins in high school provides for each an anchor to a world too frightening to navigate alone. In this singular and striking debut, Giordano explores the ability of the human spirit to endure and to heal. Once you pick this up, you won't want to put it down.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
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Description

"Mesmerizing...an 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.
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