A Doubter's Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin

By Ethan Canin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this spell binding novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the character of genius, contention, ambition, and love between a number of generations of a talented family.

Milo Andret is born with an strange brain. A lonely baby becoming up within the woods of northern Michigan within the Fifties, he supplies little proposal to his personal expertise. yet together with his recognition at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the level, and the dangers, of his singular presents. California within the seventies is a seduction, beginning Milo’s eyes to the attract of either ambition and indulgence. The examine he starts off there'll make him a legend; the girl he meets there—and the rival he meets along her—will hang-out him for the remainder of his existence. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dismal desire that quickly grows to threaten his paintings, his kinfolk, even his existence.

Spanning seven many years because it strikes from California to Princeton to the Midwest to manhattan, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the tale of a relations because it explores the way in which ambition lives along destructiveness, obsession along torment, love along grief. it's a tale of ways the flame of genius either lighting and scorches each iteration it touches. Graced by way of beautiful prose and superb storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a shocking, suspenseful, and deeply relocating novel, a massive paintings through a author who has been hailed as “the so much mature and finished novelist of his generation.”

Praise for A Doubter’s Almanac

“[Canin] is on the best of his shape, fluent, immersive, convinced. it's possible you'll now not recognize the place he’s taking you, however the characters are so brilliant, Hans’s voice rendered so accurately, that it’s most unlikely to not belief within the tale. . . . the fragile networks of emotion and connection that make up a family members are illuminated, as though via magic, through his prose.”Slate

“Alternately explosive and deeply interior.”New York (“Eight Books you must Read”)

“A blazingly clever novel.”—Los Angeles Times

“Math made attractive . . . Canin writes with such luxuriant good looks and gentle sympathy that even sufferers of Algebra II will persist with his calculations of the guts with rapt comprehension.”The Washington Post

“A masterful author at his transcendent best.”—BBC

“Elegant and devastating . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is exquisitely crafted. Canin takes us readers deep into the unusual global of his afflicted characters with no ever making us conscious of the hassle concerned. . . . a wierd and fully appealing novel.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

“There is a shimmering loveliness to Canin’s glimpses of upper arithmetic. . . . A Doubter’s Almanac is a unique whose fulfillment is totally equivalent to the . . . tragedy it portrays. Ethan Canin knows either the attract of serious highbrow accomplishment and the cost it exacts from those that pursue it. in contrast to his protagonist, his personal prodigious attempt has produced a piece of beautiful and enduring beauty.”Bookreporter
“Ethan Canin writes approximately arithmetic as brilliantly as T. S. Eliot writes approximately poetry. With this amazing novel, Ethan Canin now takes his position at the excessive twine with the easiest writers of his time.”[b]—Pat Conroy
“A publication that increases the bar for novelists.”[b]—Literary Hub

“Staggeringly bold . . . a narrative of majestic sweep.”—Paste

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I’m going to France! France! ” she shouted. “I’m going to live in a castle! Castle! Castle! ” she asked the portrait of Bia. ” Caitlyn dropped onto the mattress, rolled onto her back, and kicked her feet in the air like a manic puppy. She read the letter yet again, then lay it over her face and closed her eyes, savoring the moment of pure happiness. She was leaving Spring Creek. Against all odds, she’d received her Get Out of Jail Free card. She sent an enormous thank-you out into the universe, to whatever force had guided the Fortune School to send her that initial e-mail.

She could feel the warmth of his closeness and smell the hint of a spicy scent on his skin. His knee bumped hers, and she felt an awareness of his presence tingle over her body. She lost herself in the deep hazel of his eyes, where the flame of the candle flickered. As if moved by a force beyond herself, Caitlyn lifted her hand and reached toward his face. A spark of surprise touched his eyes, but he didn’t move away as she lightly touched his cheek. His skin was soft as velvet. Her lips parted on a breath, and she stroked his cheek, feeling the sharp prickle of whiskers roughening his jaw.

As they, too, melted away, vanishing like a vision, she looked forward and saw a field bisected by a column of Roman soldiers marching down a stone road, their leather-clad feet slapping the ground in drumlike rhythm. Their stone road sank away beneath green vegetation, taking the soldiers with it. A herd of strangely horned, enormous cattle grazed in their place beneath a sun that baked Caitlyn’s skin, and when they as well faded away to nothing, Caitlyn felt a chill run over her body, and the landscape turned to blowing snow as far as she could see, as if an ice age had swallowed the land.

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