Atmospheric Disturbances

By Rivka Galchen
Cover art by Billy Jean
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

7.63 Hours 05/27/2008 unabridged
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When Dr. Leo Liebenstein’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and even audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love. From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo’s quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false.

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Summary

Summary

A 2008 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award

Winner of the 2010 Saroyan Prize

One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2008 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction

An Indie Next Notable Title for July 2008

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2008

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and even audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love. From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo’s quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] enthralling debut…heartbreaking and maddening…Don’t be surprised if this gives you a Crying of Lot 49 nostalgia hit.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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.” Booklist (starred review)
“An intricate puzzle powered by an urgently beating heart…A superb first novel.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Astonishing…This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand.” Library Journal
“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.” Library Journal
“Galchen’s intriguing and sophisticated first novel has a startling premise and unique characters, all ably interpreted by Hillgartner. His rich baritone is perfect for the obsessed Liebenstein and, surprisingly, equally effective for the female characters. His real achievement, though, is portraying the transformation of the psychiatrist as he argues with himself that his increasingly bizarre observations are scientifically valid and that his wife is really not herself.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen earned her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a residency in psychiatry and also completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham fellow. She has published essays in The Believer and Scientific American, and in 2006 she was awarded a Rona Jaffe Writers Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English