The Secret, The

The Secret, The

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A haunting debut novel from the acclaimed author of Shtetl, Lost in Translation, and Exit into History. . Iris Surrey seems to have a perfectly normal childhood. She lives with her mother in a rambling wooden house, in a small college town not far from Chicago. But something isn't quite right in her perfect, bell-jar world. There may be something wrong with her mother. Or with her. Or with her mother and her. Small disturbances lead Iris to suspect a deeper peculiarity in the very fabric of her life. Something not quite...natural. Or authentic. But what does that mean? You are what you think you are, aren't you? Who is to judge the nature of your nature, your character, your reality, except you, the subject yourself? Unless you aren't real enough to know in the first place. In this gripping debut novel, writer Eva Hoffman uses the near future to reflect on the fast-moving present and to explore various kinds of secrets: intimate secrets and family secrets, the kinds of secrets that can be decoded from clues, and the kind that only lead to more tantalizing questions about the nature of consciousness and self-knowledge. This is a philosophical fable about an uncannily powerful mother-daughter bond and a young woman's quest for identity. The Secret explores ancient conundrums of selfhood and the profound challenges posed by contemporary science to our most cherished notions of individuality.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New and Revised and Updated to Include New Develop and Publi
  • 1586481509
  • 9781586481506

About Eva Hoffman

Eva Hoffman was born in Cracow, Pola nd, and emigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. She is the author of three highly acc laimed works of nonfiction, Lost in Translation, E xit into History, and Shtetl. She splits her time between London and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a visiting professor at MIT.show more

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