The Invention of Everything Else: A Novel

By Samantha Hunt
Read by Marguerite Gavin

10.03 Hours 02/07/2008 unabridged
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The Invention of Everything Else is a luminous imagining of an unlikely friendship between the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla, and a young hotel chambermaid, Louisa, who is obsessed with radio dramas and the secret lives of the hotel guests. Louisa first catches sight of the hotel’s most famous resident on New Year’s Day, 1943, and is determined to befriend the strange man. As they share their mutual affinity for pigeons, Louisa begins to piece together Tesla’s extraordinary story of life as an immigrant and visionary genius. Meanwhile, faced with her father’s imminent departure in a time machine, as well as the unsettling arrival of Arthur, a mysterious mechanic (perhaps from the future), Louisa begins to suspect that she has understood something about the relationship of love and invention that Tesla, for all his brilliance, never did.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize

A February2008Book Sense Pick by the American Booksellers Association

The Invention of Everything Else is a luminous imagining of an unlikely friendship between the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla, and a young hotel chambermaid, Louisa, who is obsessed with radio dramas and the secret lives of the hotel guests. Louisa first catches sight of the hotel’s most famous resident on New Year’s Day, 1943, and is determined to befriend the strange man. As they share their mutual affinity for pigeons, Louisa begins to piece together Tesla’s extraordinary story of life as an immigrant and visionary genius. Meanwhile, faced with her father’s imminent departure in a time machine, as well as the unsettling arrival of Arthur, a mysterious mechanic (perhaps from the future), Louisa begins to suspect that she has understood something about the relationship of love and invention that Tesla, for all his brilliance, never did.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hunt had her heart in the right place with this book…her highest concerns are with wonder and love, with questions of survival.” Chicago Tribune
“Lucky for us that Samantha Hunt, in her highly imaginative second novel…is as obsessed as a writer can be about Tesla. We’re made aware of this in the book’s stunning opening pages, which take off in a voice finely crafted to carry Hunt’s history-steeped tale.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Whimsical…offers surprising depth…Gavin delivers both characters with seamless transitions, not to mention charm.” AudioFile
“Peppered with literary quotations, historical figures, and subtle eroticism, this book will please readers who enjoy experimentation and uncertainty in both their fiction choices and their worldview. Recommended.” Library Journal
“Oddly charming and pleasantly peculiar, Hunt’s novel offers a unique perspective on hope and imagining life’s possibilities.” Booklist
“There’s much food for thought here and some very beautiful prose.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt is the author of the acclaimed first novel The Seas, for which she became one of the National Book Foundation’s first “5 under 35” honorees. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English