Atmospheric Disturbances (Paperback)

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“Dr. Leo Liebenstein has some problems: his delusional patient is missing, his wife has been replaced by a simulacrum and he has to start a new job controlling the weather down in Patagonia on Monday morning! Rivka Galchen's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and fully enthralling.”
— Alexis Akre, Olsson's Books & Records, Washington, DC


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 a recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and a Berlin Prize, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, which selected her for its list of 20 under 40 American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Atmospheric Disturbances, was published in 2008.

Praise For…

"A relentless exploration of how a man could fail to see clearly the woman he loves . . . [A novel] that knows how to move from the comic to the painful . . . Galchen has a knack for taking a thread and fraying it, so that a sentence never quite ends up where you expect."--James Wood, The New Yorker
"At once mournful and playful . . . [a] droll, exquisite first novel."--Laura Miller,
"There are passages so achingly beautiful in Galchen's strange puzzle of a book--about love, resilience, and perception."--Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
"A dense, fractally complex first novel by the conspicuously talented Rivka Galchen."--Lev Grossman, Time
"Galchen's dark and comical mystery is a clever take on the ways love, longing and overanalysis can drive you absolutely nuts."--Marie Claire
"Genuinely suspenseful . . . Ms. Galchen is a writer to be watched."--The Economist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312428433
ISBN-10: 031242843X
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 240
Language: English