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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rivka Galchen Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Dr. Leo Liebenstein’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and even audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love. From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo’s quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] enthralling debut…heartbreaking and maddening…Don’t be surprised if this gives you a Crying of Lot 49 nostalgia hit.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling, Galchen’s metaphysical tale of longing, grief, love, and the volatility of the self gracefully charts the tempestuous weather of the human psyche.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An intricate puzzle powered by an urgently beating heart…A superb first novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Astonishing…This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand.”

    Library Journal

  • “Galchen’s astonishing debut is rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling that keeps the reader as baffled as Leo right to the end. This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand.”

    Library Journal

  • “Galchen’s intriguing and sophisticated first novel has a startling premise and unique characters, all ably interpreted by Hillgartner. His rich baritone is perfect for the obsessed Liebenstein and, surprisingly, equally effective for the female characters. His real achievement, though, is portraying the transformation of the psychiatrist as he argues with himself that his increasingly bizarre observations are scientifically valid and that his wife is really not herself.”


  • A 2008 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist
  • An Indie Next Notable Title for July 2008
  • A 2008 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2008
  • Winner of the 2010 Saroyan Prize
  • Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mr. Moose | 2/6/2014

    " After you finish writing something, you should ask yourself one key question: So what? This book, like too many recent novels I've picked up, had no answer. So I stopped reading it. Don't try to show me how cool and clever your writing is - just tell me a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carina | 1/27/2014

    " 3.5 stars - a random pick at the library that turned out to be really pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Emily | 1/20/2014

    " I actually didn't finish the book; not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher | 1/14/2014

    " I sometimes loved this book and sometimes was frustrated by it. Galchen does a few interesting things with her use of scientific (meteorological) fact in engagement with fictional metaphors... so I was very interested to read this book as part of my thesis reading (which concerns application of scientific ideas to fictional craft). But she didn't really push it to the point of being mind-blowingly original ... "

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