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The Tenth Muse
 

The Tenth Muse (Hardback)

By Chung, Catherine

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The first thing I remember being said of me with any consistency was that I was intelligent--and I recognized even then that it was a comment leveled at me with as much disapproval as admiration. Still, I never tried to hide or suppress my mind as some girls do, and thank God, be... read full description below.

ISBN 9780062574060
Barcode 9780062574060
Published 18 June 2019 by Ecco Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780062574060
ISBN-10 006257406X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Ecco Press
Imprint Ecco Press
Publication Date 18 June 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Chung, Catherine
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 499g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Family secrets, Mathematics - History, Women mathematicians, Riemann hypothesis
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 985052

Description of this Book

The first thing I remember being said of me with any consistency was that I was intelligent--and I recognized even then that it was a comment leveled at me with as much disapproval as admiration. Still, I never tried to hide or suppress my mind as some girls do, and thank God, because that would have been the beginning of the end. From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming a mathematician, she must face the most human of problems--who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition? On her quest to conquer the Riemann Hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II in Germany. Forced to confront some of the most consequential events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, she strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and finds kinship in the stories of the women who came before her--their love of the language of numbers connecting them across generations. In The Tenth Muse, Catherine Chung offers a gorgeous, sweeping tale about legacy, identity, and the beautiful ways the mind can make us free.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A deft, spellbinding emotional puzzle-box of a book, rich and intricately layered. The Tenth Muse slowly, carefully builds to turn your every expectation on its head, and reading it feels like a glimpse of what mathematics might be in the eyes of its ablest practitioners--both secret and sublime. --T a Obreht The Tenth Muse centers on Katherine, an aspiring mathemtician whose studies take her deep into her family history, and a legacy of genius and empowerment which probes compelling questions about her identity. --Entertainment Weekly

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Author's Bio

Catherine Chung won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award with her first novel, Forgotten Country, and has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, and a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in The New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City.

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