A Student of Living Things A Novel

By: Shreve, Susan Richards

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As haunting and enigmatic as a thriller, Shreve's tale of a near future evolves into a glorious meditation on love, fear, and forgiveness
In the Washington, D.C., of a near future, a city of floods and frequent terrorist bombings, the tightly knit Frayn family has carved out its own comfortable, if eccentric, existence. Then, in the moment it takes Claire Frayn to dig into her book bag for her umbrella, her brother Steven is shot down next to her on the library steps.

His murder hits the family like a hurricane. Set adrift, Claire easily falls under the influence of Victor Duarte, an enigmatic stranger who claims to know her brother's killer. But as she corresponds with the supposed criminal mastermind, a composer at a conservatory in Michigan, she finds herself increasingly apprehensive about Victor and his plans for revenge, while she is ever more drawn to the musician.

Plotted like a thriller with a startling love story at its center, this is a pitch-perfect and painful rendering of the way a family grieves and of the way public violence seeps into every part of our lives. Much like Ian McEwan's "Saturday, A Student of Living Things" takes on the moral, political, and philosophical questions of our time with a very intimate story about the futility of revenge and the sheer miracle of forgiveness.

Title: A Student of Living Things A Novel

Author Name: Shreve, Susan Richards

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Viking Press: 2006

ISBN Number: 0670037583

ISBN Number 13: 9780670037582

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: fine Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0001840

Description: 246pp. 8vo. Grey paper and cloth over boards with gilt on spine, book is unread, unmarked, clean, uncliped, and Brodart protected. There is a complete number line from 1-10, and author has signed and dated (June 14, 2006) to the title page. Spine heel very slightly pushed. Gift quality. Author has written 12 novels.