eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100010897
Released: Oct 17, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739305188
Narrator/s: Kathe Mazur
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Hailed as "a writer of uncommon clarity" by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protEgEs, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff's rigorous colleague-and girlfriend-Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it. With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.

Author(s): Allegra Goodman
Original Publish Date: Oct 17, 2006

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Author(s): Allegra Goodman
Product Number EB00172368
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: The Dial Press
ISBN: #9780440335887

Professional reviews

"The small Mendelssohn-Glass Research Lab is dedicated to cancer research. When Cliff Bannaker's experiment begins to look promising, Sandy Glass rushes publication and a grant proposal. The other post-docs are expected to put their own work aside to support the new project, a situation that engenders resentment. But Robin Decker has suspicions about the merit of Cliff's methodology and results, and opens the lab to public scrutiny. Kathe Mazur's narration is interesting. Her unemotional performance befits the objectivity one expects the scientific process to embody. The unique voices she creates communicate each character's humanity as human foibles and emotions invade the sterile lab. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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