Archangel - Andrea Barrett

All five stories in this brilliant collection are set in different periods of scientific breakthrough from Louis Aziz to Charles Darwin. The protagonist in one story becomes a minor character in the next, a structure which underscores Barrett’s point about science. She suggests here that the life work of a scientist/protagonist, however methodical and important, is destined to become a footnote in the work of the scientist who follows him/her.  Barrett tells stories about the pain and intensity of hard work and the necessity of letting go. Her characters must let go of ambition, accolades, and their deep yearnings to see a divine hand in the natural order of the world. This is a moving, thought provoking and lyrical collection of stories. If you liked Ship Fever, you will love it.

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ISBN: 9780393348774
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 7th, 2014