As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem
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As She Climbed Across the Table

Author: Jonathan Lethem

Narrator: David Aaron Baker

Unabridged: 5 hr 43 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 09/04/2007

Genre: Fiction - Literary

Synopsis

Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.

The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a book of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.

Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

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