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    DescriptionA "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year San Francisco, the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in an old downtown building to plot his return. But he is distracted by the sounds coming from the next room, the office of a psychiatrist. He overhears the therapy sessions of a young lesbian who is in search of her adoptive family. Enraptured by the sound of her voice and obsessed with her story, the professor takes up the patient's quest as his own and discovers the disturbing truth about her origins. As he sends each new revelation to the patient---disguised as correspondence from an adoption agency---she is energized by the information, but finds herself unmoored from everything she thought she knew about herself. With ferocious intelligence and enthralling, magnetic prose, Ellen Ullman's "By Blood" is a dark and brilliant novel about connection, identity, history, and the terrible desire to influence another life.


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    Title
    By Blood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ellen Ullman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250023964
    ISBN 10: 1250023963
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: B5
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000, A26845000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3621.L45 B9 2012
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    24 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ellen Ullman is the author of a novel, "The Bug," a "New York Times "Notable Book and runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the cult classic memoir "Close to the Machine," based on her years as a rare female computer programmer in the early years of the personal computer era. She lives in San Francisco.
    Review quote
    "A literary inquiry into identity and legacy, a gripping mystery---remarkable."--Carolyn Kellogg, "Los Angeles Times""A thrilling page-turner of a book...Book clubs of America, take note. "By Blood" is what you should be reading. Ullman is someone we should all be reading."--Ed Siegel, "Newsday""Ullman arranges her players efficiently, expertly. But what astounds is how she binds them to one another....What a cast of master prevaricators she gives us, how far she makes them travel."--Parul Sehgal, "The New York Times Book Review""A mesmerizing tale that probes the very heart of personal identity."--Alice LaPlante, "More""["By Blood"] thematically interweaves fate, identity, obsession, and genetics....It's a multilayered mystery (in the same way that Dostoevsky was a mystery writer)."--"Kirkus Reviews""Extraordinary...Proceeding in bursts of hydraulic prose, "By Blood" evokes San Francisco in all its stagflation gloom: the erotic danger of its nightlife, the coded nature of its transactions....Riveting."--John Freeman, "The Boston Globe"