Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel by Rivka Galchen

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By Rivka Galchen

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When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's spouse disappears, she leaves in the back of a unmarried confounding clue: a lady who appears, talks, and behaves precisely like her. A simulatcrum. yet Leo isn't fooled, and he is familiar with higher than to belief his senses in issues of the center. sure that the true Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic trip to reclaim her. With the aid of his psychiatric sufferer Harvey--who believes himself to be a undercover agent capable of conrtol the weather--his research leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, looking for the girl he loves. Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, smooth, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel concerning the mysterious nature of human relationships.


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Claire held her breath; suddenly aware that because she was upset, nervous about talking with him, she’d left herself open to his feelings— He was grieving for a lost child, a son who would love to swing from that big oak tree. Every time he looked at the tree, it reminded him that he’d lost his son. . She could feel the slight waves of his pain stirring within her, and she had to get away. Neil needed closure more than he needed anything else, his ache for his kidnapped baby reaching out to her.

Or maybe some kookie drug addict, brewing the stuff. . Impatience snagged at the air around Claire, Neil’s emotions reaching her. What the hell was taking her so long? He was chilled a little, his muscles ached, and inside him . . Inside him was a sweet ache, a long heartbreaking search. . His son would have liked Eunice’s house. . Claire remembered how Eunice had showed her the picture of a six-month-old baby, Neil’s son, who had been abducted years ago. The loss, and the lack of closure, had torn Neil apart.

She liked having tea with you. ” He was still surprised, and grateful for the small tribute Claire had paid at Christmastime when others couldn’t be bothered to attend Eunice’s funeral. For all his aunt’s donations to charities, the times she had helped her church, few had attended the ceremony, and that nettled Neil. But then, his own brother hadn’t attended either. “I’d love to have your aunt’s tea set, something to remember her by. Thank you. ” Claire seemed to be considering the camper-trailer he was building.

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