Particles and Luck (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Mark Perdue and Roger Hoberman have nothing in common except the joy of adjoining yards. Mark is a whiz-kid physicist who knows that his genius stature and his endowed chair at Berkeley are bits of dumb luck; Roger is the owner of a pizza franchise whose luck has turned dumb in financial and marital distress, he has been denied child visitation rights but not babysitting obligations.
Now luck, in the form of an adverse claim on their property, brings Mark and Roger together for a fateful Halloween night neither of them will ever forget. Loony, humane, and transcendently wise, Particles and Luckis an irresistible comedy of manners and epistemology.
A lovely and invigorating novel . . . a domestic farce and social satire. Jones writes an] engaging novelistic equivalent of a unified field theory in this case, a link between the human heart and the behavior of subatomic particles. Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
Jones is the real thing a writer with something to say and his own way of saying it. Scott Turow.

About the Author


Louis B. Jones is the author of several novels, including Ordinary Money and Particles and Luck. He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. He has also worked as a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges around the country. Jones lives in California with his family.

Praise For…


"Hilarious ... gracefully written...[Jones] has created a quirky but wholly real work in which to examine themes of fate and coincidence in a seemingly effortless manner.... Every character can be experienced with shifting feelings of tenderness and exasperation, hope and despair."

-- Chicago Tribune

Mark Perdue and Roger Hoberman have nothing in common -- except the joy of adjoining yards. Mark is a whiz-kid physicist who knows that his "genius" stature and his endowed chair at Berkeley are bits Of dumb luck; Roger is the owner of a pizza franchise whose luck has turned dumb -- in financial and marital distress, he has been denied child visitation rights but not babysitting obligations.

Now luck, in the form of an adverse claim on their property, brings Mark and Roger together for a fateful Halloween night neither of them will ever forget. Loony, humane, and transcendently wise, Particles and Luck is an irresistible comedy of manners and epistemology.

"A lovely and invigorating novel...a domestic farce and social satire. Jones writes [an] engaging novelistic equivalent of a unified field theory -- in this case, a link between the human heart and the behavior of subatomic particles."

-- Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"Jones is the real thing -- a writer with something to say and his own way of saying it."

-- Scott Turow

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679745990
ISBN-10: 0679745998
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 2nd, 1998
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries