Lost and Wanted

Lost and Wanted

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"Helen Clapp's breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it's perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died. That friend was Charlotte Boyce, Helen's roommate at Harvard. The two women had once confided in each other about everything--in college, the unwanted advances Charlie received from a star literature professor; after graduation, Helen's struggles as a young woman in science, Charlie's as a black screenwriter in Hollywood, their shared challenges as parents. But as the years passed, Charlie became more elusive, and her calls came less and less often. And now she's permanently, tragically gone. As Helen is drawn back into Charlie's orbit, and also into the web of feelings she once had for Neel Jonnal--a former college classmate now an acclaimed physicist on the verge of a Nobel Prize-winning discovery--she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780385352680
0385352689
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 24 cm

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SPPL_Violet Jun 25, 2019

I may not have understood a lick of the physics, but I understood what the author meant about entanglement, grief, love and loss. This is a masterful novel with a strong grasp on its characters. Loved it.

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krsbozo
Jun 22, 2019

I liked that the main character in this story was a women physicist -- that's not something you see everyday. And also that she spends much of the book talking about modern concepts of physics with other characters. So, you get a little primer on cosmology, astrophysics, and quantum theory while reading a story about people. I can tell that this author, Nell Freudenberger, is an intellectual and a good story teller.

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laphampeak
Jun 18, 2019

Smartly written with details, maybe too much, about physics. The supernatural aspect didn't grab me enough to go into the depth of it. The story about a dead friend texting was a clever thread and in the long run I was interested enough to finish.

debwalker Apr 02, 2019

When you get a phone call from a dead friend......

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