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Author:  Rivka Galchen
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 031242843X
ISBN-13: 9780312428433
Sku: 209708737
Publish Date: 4/27/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  240
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"Last December a woman entered my apartment who looked exactly like my wife." (from the first line)
At once a moving love story, a dark comedy, a psychological thriller, and a deeply disturbing portrait of a fracturing mind, this highly inventive debut explores the mysterious nature of human relationships.
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In the aftermath of his wife Rema's disappearance, Dr. Leo Liebenstein is baffled by the apparent substitution of a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like Rema, a situation that prompts the doctor's quixotic journey in search of his real wife. Reprint.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year|A Top Ten Book of the Year|A Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Best Book of the Year|A Slate Best Book of the Year||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 conrtol 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. Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel about the mysterious nature of human relationships.|


In this labyrinthine and paranoid debut novel, a psychiatrist falls victim to Capgras syndrome and believes his beloved wife has been replaced by a doppelganger. Meanwhile, one of his clients goes missing after becoming convinced that he is receiving coded messages from Page Six in the New York Post. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2008.


"A CRYING OF LOT 49 nostalgia hit...[and] an enthralling debut." (starred review) 02/11/2008

"[A] brainy, whimsical, emotionally contained first novel by Rivka Galchen, a young M.D. turned M.F.A...Galchen's inventive narrative strategies call to mind the playful techniques of Jonathan Lethem, Franz Kafka, Primo Levi and Thomas Pynchon." - Liesl Schillinger 07/13/2008

"Gaichen's remarkably assured debut is not just funny, passionate, idiosyncratic and original, but her observations on love and memory prove wise beyond her years." - Marc Schultz 01/05/2009

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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