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The Schrödinger girl

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"Brett's novel is a rare page turner that avoids the obvious traps...Why not let Garrett indulge a little? His pursuit is maddening, because it should be. But the more impossible his reality becomes, the greater the potential for, as the professor says, 'transcendence.'" -- New York Times Book Review

"In this mind-bending experimental thriller, an uptight scientist being dragged kicking and screaming into the 1960s is as depressed as he is bored--at least, until he meets a mysterious woman he becomes obsessed with, who then splinters into four different versions of herself, each with their own take on the scientist's intentions." -- CrimeReads , included in CrimeReads ' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

"Get ready to engage in a mind-blowing story!" -- Bookstr , included as a Three to Read Pick

"Brett, who has written a critical study of postmodern fiction, has hit upon an immensely interesting concept for her debut novel, one that allows her to dig deep into psychology, philosophy, physics, and, most importantly, politics as Daphne shakes Garrett out of his indifference toward the cultural turmoil of the late '60s." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Brett's imaginative, amusing debut will appeal to fans of Nell Zink." -- Publishers Weekly

"For those akin to the writing of Brett I'm sure you will find it very nourishing." -- Exclusive Magazine

"In many ways, the Schrödinger gambit is there to provide the author with a canvas to explore the different paths one person can follow, but there's a lot of real thought about multiple universes and quantum mechanics, especially as seen in the mid-60s. It's also a tour of NYC and the Hudson Valley during that period and the impact of the cultural revolution of the Woodstock generation on the intellectuals who came of age a decade earlier. Not traditional science fiction, perhaps, but goodwriting and a thoughtful exploration of the period, characters, and ideas. Recommended." -- Amazing Stories

"This absorbing novel vividly mines the physics and psychology of reality, and the reader's reward is a moving story of love and loss." -- Hilma Wolitzer , author of An Available Man

Garrett Adams, an uptight behavioral psychology professor who refuses to embrace the 1960s, is in a slump. The dispirited rats in his latest experiment aren't yielding results, and his beloved Yankees are losing. As he sits at a New York City bar watching the Yanks strike out, he knows he needs a change.

At a Columbus Circle bookstore he meets a mysterious young woman, Daphne, who draws him into the turbulent and exciting world of Vietnam War protest politics and the music of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He starts to emerge from the numbness and grief over his father's death in World War II.

When Daphne evolves into four separate versions of herself, Garrett's life becomes complicated as he devotes himself to answering questions about character and destiny raised by her iterations. His obsession threatens to upend his relationship with Caroline, a beautiful art historian, destroy his teaching job, and dissolve his friendship with his old pal Jerry.

The Daphnes seem to exist in separate realities that challenge the laws of physics and call into question everything Garrett thought he knew. He must decide what is vision, what is science, and what is delusion.

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Grouped Work IDae64c725-2929-2fbd-c3f1-7cf44ba28198
Grouping Titleschrödinger girl
Grouping Authorbrett laurel
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-05-09 04:18:16AM
Last Indexed2020-05-31 04:40:57AM

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Odenton Library - Adult Fiction
display_description"When a young woman appears to split into four different versions of herself, protagonist and behavioral psychologist Garrett Adams must decide what is vision, what is science, and what is delusion.. "--
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subject_facetDelusions -- Fiction
Fate and fatalism -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction
Nineteen sixties -- Fiction
Psychological fiction
Psychology teachers -- Fiction
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Fiction
title_displayThe Schrödinger girl
title_fullThe Schrödinger girl / Laurel Brett
title_shortThe Schrödinger girl
Fate and fatalism
Interpersonal relations
Nineteen sixties
Protest movements
Psychology teachers
Vietnam War, 1961-1975