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The Chemistry of Tears
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Critics have used every possible superlative to praise the works of two-time Man Booker Prize winner Peter Carey. In The Chemistry of Tears, Carey continues to astound with a story of love, death and human invention. Museum curator Catherine's affair comes to an abrupt end with her married lover's untimely death. Denied outward grief by the nature of their relationship, Catherine retreats into isolation. Delving into notebooks more than a century old, she feels a growing connection to Henry Brandling, who in 1854 gave life to a mechanical creature.

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Peter Carey. (2012). The Chemistry of Tears. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Peter Carey. 2012. The Chemistry of Tears. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Peter Carey. The Chemistry of Tears. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2012.

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