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Gain braids together two stories on very different scales. In one, Laura Body, divorced mother of two and a real-estate agent in the small town of Lacewood, Illinois, plunges into a new existence when she learns that she has ovarian cancer. In the other, Clare & Company, a soap manufacturer begun by three brothers in nineteenth-century Boston, grows over the course of a century and a half into an international consumer products conglomerate based in Laura's hometown. Clare's stunning growth reflects the kaleidoscopic history of America; Laura Body's life is changed forever by Clare. The novel's stunning conclusion reveals the countless invisible connections between the largest enterprises and the smallest lives.
Praise For Gain: A Novel…
“Powers is a writer of blistering intellect.” —Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[Gain] is erudite, penetrating and splendidly written.” —Bruce Bawer, The New York Times Book Review
“Richard Powers has proven himself a visionary writer.” —Greil Marcus, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
“Gain only confirms that Powers is, in fact, a major American novelist.” —Adam Kirsch, The New Republic
Picador, 9780312429096, 416pp.
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
About the Author
Richard Powers is the author of several novels, including The Echo Maker (FSG, 2006), which won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Powers has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. He lives in Illinois.