Special Topics in Calamity Physics

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Format:  Paperback,

514 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2007

ISBN-13: 9780143112129

ISBN-10: 0143112120

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The mesmerizing "New York Times "bestseller by the author of "Night Film"
Marisha Pessl's dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway School, she finds some--a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel--with visual aids drawn by the author--that has won over readers of all ages.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Apr 2007
ISBN-13: 9780143112129
ISBN-10: 0143112120
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 514
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 143112120

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Review by Library Journal (2006-04-15)

Precocious Blue van Meer is used to moving around with her professor father, who travels from job to job and affair to affair. But she's not prepared for the consequences when both a friend and a favorite teacher die tragically. A much-touted debut; with a seven-city tour.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Times Notable Books of the Year, 2006 (United States)
  • New York Times Editors' Choice, 2006 (United States)
  • Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Quill Awards, 2007 (United States)
  • Original Voices Award, 2006 (United States)

Book description

"Dazzling" ( People), "exuberant" ( Vogue), "marvelously entertaining" ( The Dallas Morning News), Marisha Pessl's mesmerizing debut has critics raving and heralds the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of this "cracking good read" is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway school, she finds some—a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel—with visual aids drawn by the author—that has won over readers of all ages.

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