Atmospheric Disturbances - Rivka Galchen

A man comes home and finds that his wife is missing. A woman who looks like her is in her place, but Leo is sure that this Rema is an imposter—“a simulacrum.” Rivka Galchen’s ingenious first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances (Picador, $14), isn’t so much about identity theft as it is about identity slippage. How do we recognize people? How do we know those we think we know—and how do we know what we know? Leo is a psychiatrist and he narrates his quest for the real Rema with utter rationality. He has evidence, explanations, theories. Yet what looks like a reasonable approach to his problem could as plausibly be delusion or a breakdown. Is Leo detached from reality, or has he discovered a new level of it in the messages from the secretive (and deceased) Dr. Tzvi Gal-Chen and the Royal Academy of Meteorology? This is a complex and fascinating riddle of a novel, with prose as startling as the story.

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ISBN: 9780312428433
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2009

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