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Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
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A New York Times Notable Book of the YearA Salon.com Top Ten Book of the YearA Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Best Book of the YearA Slate Best Book of the YearRivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships. When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey—who believes himself to be a secret agent able to control the weather—his investigation leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, in search of the woman he loves.

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Salon.com Top Ten Book of the Year
A Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Best Book of the Year
A Slate Best Book of the Year

Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships.

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey—who believes himself to be a secret agent able to control the weather—his investigation leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, in search of the woman he loves.

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        "...[Galchen's] tone is addictive: playful, halting, intellectual, colloquial."

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      • source: Liesel Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "[A] brainy, whimsical, emotionally contained first novel...Galchen's inventive narrative strategies call to mind the playful techniques of Jonathan Lethem, Franz Kafka, Primo Levi and Thomas Pynchon. But she also, quite deliberately, echoes the Argentine giant Jorge Luis Borges...This cerebral, demanding, original new writer helps make the charges stick."
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      • source: James Wood, The New Yorker
      • content: "An original and sometimes affecting novel, one that knows how to move from the comic to the painful."
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      • content: "The story is genuinely suspenseful, and Leo's clause-heavy patter feels fresh and wry--his perspective curiously weird--even as he unravels. Ms Galchen is a writer to be watched."
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      • source: The Wall Street Journal
      • content: "...Hailed as a graceful handshake between science and literature..."
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      • source: Lev Grossman Time
      • content: "...A dense, fractally complex first novel by the conspicuously talented Rivka Galchen."
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      • content: "Achingly beautiful."
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      • content: "Witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling, Galchen's metaphysical tale of longing, grief, love, and the volatility of the self gracefully charts the tempestuous weather of the human psyche."
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      • content: "Enthralling . . . Don't be surprised if this gives you a Crying of Lot 49 nostalgia hit."
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      • content: "Everything is other than it appears to be in Galchen's assured debut--an intricate puzzle powered by an urgently beating heart . . . A superb first novel."
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      • content: "Galchen's astonishing debut is rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling that keeps the reader as baffled as Leo right to the end. This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand."
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      • source: Nathan Englander, author of The Ministry of Special Cases
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        In this enthralling debut, psychiatrist Dr. Leo Liebenstein sets off to find his wife, Rema, who he believes has been replaced by a simulacrum. Also missing is one of Leo’s patients, Harvey, who is convinced he receives coded messages (via Page Six in the New York Post
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