The Echo Maker

A Novel

Richard Powers

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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother’s refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
 
Set against the Platte River’s massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.
 
The Echo Maker is the winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction.

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Part One
Cranes keep landing as night falls. Ribbons of them roll down, slack against the sky. They float in from all compass points, in kettles of a dozen, dropping with the dusk. Scores of Grus canadensis settle on the thawing river. They gather on the island flats, grazing, beating their wings, trumpeting: the advance wave of a mass evacuation. More birds land by the minute, the air red with calls.
 
A neck stretches long; legs drape behind. Wings curl forward, the length of a man. Spread like fingers, primaries tip the bird into the wind’s plane.

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Praise for Richard Powers:
 
"Powers may be America's most ambitious novelist." —Kevin Berger, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
 
"To read his work is to be wowed by his verbal muscularity. . .admirable. . .wonderfully original." —Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Richard Powers is the child prodigy of American fiction . . . by 34 he had published three novels equaling the intellectual rigor and range of that '60s prodigy, Thomas Pynchon." —Tom LeClair, USA Today
 
"One of our few indispensable literary talents." —Charles B. Harris, Review of Contemporary Fiction
 
"Powers may be the smartest novelist writing today." —Albert Mobilio, The Village
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Richard Powers is the author of eight previous novels that have received numerous honors including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction.

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The Echo Maker
A Novel
Richard Powers

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National Book Awards - Winner, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
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ISBN: 9780374706548
ISBN10: 0374706549
6 x 9 inches, 464 pages
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2006
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ISBN: 9780374146351
ISBN10: 0374146357
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August 2007
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ISBN: 9780312426439
ISBN10: 0312426437
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