A stunning new novel about an ordinary man's encounter with the extraordinary, from the author of Einstein's Dreams.David Kurzweil, a quiet man with modest ambitions, was taking a break at his new job, when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. Something no science could explain. Suddenly David's life is changed, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a wild public controversy over the existence of the supernatural. As David searches for an explanation, we embark on a provocative exploration of the delicate divide between the physical and the spiritual, between science and religion as only Alan Lightman could provide. Combining a beautiful narrative with provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions that continue to challenge the truth as we know it.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Alan Lightman is the author of four previous novels, two collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among many other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a novelist, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, and was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment at MIT in science and in the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.
Praise for Ghost…
"Ghost is subtly and delicately narrated, a prolonged and unwavering look at a serious, controversial subject."
--Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Gravedigger's Daughter
"A fascinating novel, splendidly framed and elegantly told. I'm moved by the characters and by the narrator's insights into the nature of reality. I read Ghost with relish."
--Ha Jin, author of War Trash
"Both characterization and narrative are compelling, and I loved all the background of the funeral parlor. I particularly appreciated the sympathetic picture of the kind of people who are often mocked or patronized in novels--I thought there was a certain kinship with the work of Richard Ford."
--Michael Frayn, author of Copenhagen
"This is an important novel, and it deserves a lot of attention. I absorbed it as an allegory of the birth of superstition and a trip into the scary zone between the palpable and supernatural taken even by the educated twenty-first-century mind."
--Edward O. Wilson, author of Consilience