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Gain

A Novel

Richard Powers

Picador

Gain braids together two stories on very different scales. In one, Laura Body, divorced mother of two and a real-estate agent in the small town of Lacewood, Illinois, plunges into a new existence when she learns that she has ovarian cancer. In the other, Clare & Company, a soap manufacturer begun by three brothers in nineteenth-century Boston, grows over the course of a century and a half into an international consumer products conglomerate based in Laura's hometown. Clare's stunning growth reflects the kaleidoscopic history of America; Laura Body's life is changed forever by Clare. The novel's stunning conclusion reveals the countless invisible connections between the largest enterprises and the smallest lives.
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"Powers is a writer of blistering intellect."--Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[Gain] is erudite, penetrating and splendidly written."--Bruce Bawer, The New York Times Book Review

"Richard Powers has proven himself a visionary writer."--Greil Marcus, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Gain only confirms that Powers is, in fact, a major American novelist."--Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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  • Richard Powers

  • RICHARD POWERS is the author of ten novels, including his most recent title, Generosity. The Echo Maker won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Powers has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award. He lives in Illinois.

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Richard Powers

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