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Ship Fever : Stories

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The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In "Ship Fever," the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history's most tragic epidemics. In "The English Pupil," Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in "The Littoral Zone," two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, "science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material" (Boston Globe).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 18mm | 205g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0393316009
  • 9780393316001
  • 402,973

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"Beautiful stories about the wonder and work of science...In Barrett's hands, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange, and thrilling fictional material." -- Boston Globe "The title novella is devastating: as with every story here, you enter right into it, and cannot entirely leave it behind." -- The New Yorker
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About Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
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3,665 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (1,513)
3 19% (700)
2 4% (133)
1 1% (47)
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