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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Powers Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm?

Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania?

Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness.

Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large.

What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments?

Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gaile Wakeman | 2/18/2014

    " I liked this book very much and did not make any comments the first time I read it. this is my second time and I found it richer, more layered and insightful than I did the first time. The turn of phrase which Powers employs impresses me as it did in Echo Makers. The inclusion of myth references, some obvious, some more obscure, made it challenging. AS well, the use of "science" which was largely accurate and the roman a clef tactics enhanced the mystery. The omnnicient narrator is a technique I rather appreciate tho it is not universally admired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn Crocker | 2/14/2014

    " A writing teacher, his class, a geneticist entrepreneur, a TV impressario and a therapist are all drawn into the magnetic field of a young Algerian refugee student with an extraordinary capacity for happiness. Even the narrator of the novel, making his fictional choices explicit, cannot resist the impulse to exploit her nature. This is a profound-- but entertaining-- meditation on our rapacious culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean Grant | 2/7/2014

    " Marvelous book! English teachers will likely love the description of Russell Stone's class and students. And the love affair between him and the psychologist Candace Weld is so nuanced and interesting. Stone is a character I'll remember for a long time to come, a bit like Annie Proulx's Quoyle, a man who is half-dead and awakens, a man who suffers and doesn't know how heroice he truly is. This is a 4-star and not a 5-star only because I couldn't bond with character Tonia Schiff and sometimes the happiness theory wasn't clear enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christian | 1/30/2014

    " I struggled with Echo Maker but have thought of it often. I wonder if the same will apply to this book? There is at least one amazing sentence per page but I wasn't pulled in. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the author of a number of novels, including The Echo Maker, which won the National Book Award in 2006. He has received numerous honors including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. Powers is a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Letters, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.