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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
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Feb 15, 2011

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bookshelves: new-york, science, fiction, literature-and-libations
Read from February 15 to 19, 2011

The main character in this first novel is a psychiatrist who is convinced that his much younger wife has disappeared, and that a "simulacrum" who looks and talks like her has taken her place. The novel is at times sad, poignant, at times frustrating. Galchen certainly invokes the use of the "unreliable narrator well," but at times the reader feels unsympathetic to the narrator's actions and thoughts (in particular his imagining his wife to be someone he wants her to be, not who she is).

The point of the book could have been executed in significantly shorter amount of time.

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