The Mathematician's Shiva

The Mathematician's Shiva

eBook - 2014
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WINNER OF THE 2014 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DEBUT FICTION For readers of This Is Where I Leave You and Everything Is Illuminated, "a brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history and humor" (Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here ) When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish ?migr? has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics, and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela's shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves?even if it means prying up the floorboards for notes or desperately scrutinizing the mutterings of her African Grey parrot?Sasha must come to terms with his mother's outsized influence on his life. Spanning decades and continents, from a crowded living room in Madison, Wisconsin, to the windswept beach on the Barents Sea where a young Rachela had her first mathematical breakthrough, The Mathematician's Shiva is an unexpectedly moving and uproariously funny novel that captures humanity's drive not just to survive, but to achieve the impossible. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2014.
ISBN: 9780698152205
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 23, 2016

Just an okay book. Story jumped from present time to past life stories. Had a hard time keeping track of "who was who", maybe because I did not read the book in a timely manner. Hoped to like the book more than I did.

wordbaker Nov 08, 2014

This is the best book I've read in a long time! I absolutely loved it. Good story telling and interesting subject. Just great!

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