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The beautiful miscellaneous, Dominic Smith

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The beautiful miscellaneous
Title
The beautiful miscellaneous
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Dominic Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
  • By the author of the enduring bestseller and Indie Prize winning The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a dazzling new novel explores the fault lines that can cause a family to drift apart and the unexpected events that can pull them back together. Nathan Nelson is the average son of a genius. His father, a physicist of small renown, has prodded him toward greatness from an early age--enrolling him in whiz kid summer camps, taking him to the icy tundra of Canada to track a solar eclipse and teaching him college algebra. But despite Samuel Nelson's efforts, Nathan remains ordinary. Then, in the summer of 1987, everything changes. While visiting his small-town grandfather in Michigan, Nathan is involved in a terrible accident. After a brief clinical death--which he later recalls as a lacklustre affair lasting less than the length of a Top 40 pop song--he falls into a coma. When he awakens, Nathan finds that everyday life is radically different. His perceptions of sight, sound and memory have been irrevocably changed. The doctors and his parents fear permanent brain damage. But the truth of his condition is more unexpected and leads to a renewed chance for Nathan to find his place in the world. Thinking that his son's altered brain is worthy of serious inquiry, Samuel arranges for Nathan to attend the Brook-Mills Institute, a Midwestern research centre where savants, prodigies and neurological misfits are studied and their specialties applied. Immersed in this strange atmosphere--where an autistic boy can tell you what day Christmas falls on in 3026 but can't tie his shoelaces, where a medical intuitive can diagnose cancer during a long-distance phone call with a patient--Nathan begins to unravel the mysteries of his new mind and finally make peace with the crushing weight of his father's expectations
Summary
Following a car crash, Nathan Nelson, 17, is recovering from a two-week-long coma in July 1987. His father, Samuel, a physics professor at a Wisconsin college, wanted a genius for a son. Nathan has always been uninspired at best, but finds that the accident has left him with heightened senses, and a prodigious memory. Filled with new hope, Nathan's father enrolls his son in the Brook-Mills Institute for Talent Development, a research facility
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2007.
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
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164262
Cataloging source
AU@
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1971-
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Smith, Dominic
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Fathers and sons
  • Gifted teenagers
  • Expectation (Psychology)
  • Disappointment
  • Familial love
  • Memory
  • Genius
  • Physicists
Target audience
adult
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The beautiful miscellaneous, Dominic Smith
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Publication
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Control code
000060031250
Extent
352 p.
Isbn
9781760296360
System control number
(OCoLC)989975563
Label
The beautiful miscellaneous, Dominic Smith
Publication
Note
Record machine-generated from publisher information
Control code
000060031250
Extent
352 p.
Isbn
9781760296360
System control number
(OCoLC)989975563

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