Critics have used every possible superlative to praise the works of two-time Man Booker Prize winner Peter Carey. In The Chemistry of Tears, Carey continues to astound with a story of love, death and human invention. Museum curator Catherine's affair comes to an abrupt end with her married lover's untimely death. Denied outward grief by the nature of their relationship, Catherine retreats into isolation. Delving into notebooks more than a century old, she feels a growing connection to Henry Brandling, who in 1854 gave life to a mechanical creature.
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"In this dual narration of a novel that shifts in time, Susan Lyons and Jefferson Mays bring equal parts pragmatism and emotional complexity to 21st-century horologist (timepiece expert) Catherine Gehrig and nineteenth-century father Henry Brandling. In the earlier time period, Brandling is hoping to cheer his ailing son by commissioning an automaton. In the later time period, Catherine is dealing with her life-shattering grief over the sudden death of her longtime (married) lover. Given the task of assembling Brandling's mechanical clock, Catherine grows obsessed with the man's diaries. Mays brings credible desperation to the character of Brandling, who has already lost one child to illness. As the story shifts in time, Lyons makes Catherine's sorrow palpable. Secondary characters are completely plausible, occasionally ominous, and absolutely fascinating. Peter Carey's novel goes beyond exploring the nature of love and grief to offer a scathing commentary on our reliance on technology to solve all problems. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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