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Author: Allegra Goodman Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781415931936
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Hailed as “a writer of uncommon clarity” by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff’s rigorous colleague–and girlfriend–Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it.

With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Goodman's characters and story are luxuriously imagined.... [She] meticulously charts the insidiousness of doubt, showing how it metastasizes. Newsday
  • Superb.... a delicate analysis of how an ethics scandal filters through the sensibility of brilliant and brilliantly realized characters. It's a tricky operation that Goodman performs with a precision of a scientist, and the flair of an artist at the top of her game. A. Entertainment Weekly
  • This is a story of love and science both gone wrong, and Goodman handles the narrative and its wide web of details with efficiency and grace, bringing a novelist's eye to bear on a realm too often ignored. O Magazine
  • Powerful.... [An] extremely engaging novel that reflects the stops and starts of the scientific process, as well as its dependence on the complicated individuals who do the work.... A truly humanist novel from the supposedly antiseptic halls of science. Publishers Weekly
  • This brilliant novel shows a world of labs and researchers which seems unfamiliar to some of us, yet it's a world intimately relevant to our existence—our fallibility and vulnerability. Page by page the story shimmers with insights into the subtlety and complexity of human psychology and relationships. Allegra Goodman writes like a master. Ha-Jin, National Book Award winning author of WAITING and WAR TRASH
  • "What a feat, to pull off a large story of science and politics in the here and now, with beautifully drawn and compelling characters, with all the large and small details of their lives. What a gift not to pass judgement on any of them, to love each character equally and fairly. The ending is perfection. Jane Hamilton, author of THE MAP OF THE WORLD and THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • Goodman’s interests—if not always her sympathies—lie with her all-too-human albeit brilliant creations....her portrayals of these scientists, in and out of their lab coats, are of the richest texture. These characters are only as beset by vanity, selfishness, egotism as the rest of us. But in the fiercely competitive, high-stakes world of cancer research, it’s enough for careers–and lives–to be destroyed. Vogue
  • “The best major American novel of the year so far The New York Sun
  • “Winningly original...In smartly unfolding scenes of scientific intrigue, political maneuvering, romance, and complex alliances, these memorably drawn characters play out their personal and professional dreams and deceptions. Goodman transports us in a fugue state of first-class storytelling from the bare-bones basement of the Philpott to the gleaming halls of Congress and back,Ébring[ing] us that much closer to the heart of the matter: what it means to be–merely, magnificently–human. Elle

    "Believe it or not, a thriller and a page-turner about scientific fraud. Brilliant.
  • There’s something of the breadth and generosity of a Victorian “three-decker” novel in the skill with which Goodman threads her ingenious plot through an ambitious mobilization of terse confrontations and detail-crammed scenes...Top-notch in every respect. A superlative novel. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teryl | 1/29/2014

    " I like her writing, liked the concept, found it all too vague, though, and the conclustion unsatisfactory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/28/2014

    " Very good writer, very depressing story to me. People caught up in frustrating pettiness that I wasn't in the mood for as they wrestle with science research, each other, politics, etc. I'm going to try another book by this writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/26/2014

    " Wonderfully written, great characterization, suspense--good for discussion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 1/26/2014

    " Decent beach read for the lab set. Never thought I'd leave lab and read about people going to lab, but the characters are well-written and compelling. Felt as if the plot needed more resolution/got a big bogged down so it was hard to see the overall arch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/25/2014

    " As a biologist, it was interesting to read how a person from outside of science would describe work in a biology lab. The author must have spent a lot of time in labs observing because she does a great job in the description. The story is about research and ethics...and it made me think. The story is interesting, and its a good read, but not a top choice for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/24/2014

    " Good characterizations, interesting story, well-written enough to make me not want to put it down too much. Even so, more a book I appreciated intellectually than one I got emotionally involved with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/21/2014

    " Wonderfull book, extremely well written, but I appreciated it most for its in-depth character study. This book is an ethical diatribe on character: both professional and personal, but more interestingly, the overlap of the two. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joana | 1/18/2014

    " Didn't finished it.. too boring, at least the first 100 pages, and I was unable to make a connection with the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 12/15/2013

    " This book gets 2 stars because the descriptions of the lab are fun and because the characters were not one-dimensional (although most of the time they were just annoying). I particularly disliked the conspiracy theory aspect and the inclusion of incongruous scenes with one scientist's daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/11/2013

    " I really liked this book. I loved the exploration of competition, heartbreak, and of course, intuition. How much can we rely on our own senses, and how much are those feelings subconsciously influenced? What are the consequences of small actions? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/11/2013

    " Working in the medical profession, this is not very realistic. Good characters and interesting story. Was very disappointed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 2/12/2013

    " suspenseful, couldn't really put it down but also don't remember too much about it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigitte | 10/9/2012

    " Sweet, good read. Keeps you going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 deejah | 5/11/2012

    " Lots of science in this book. Pretty interesting overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/30/2012

    " I was fascinated by the ability of the author to so keenly describe the f*ed up world of biomedical research. The story was so-so as were the characters, but it is a very acurate portrait of the life of a grad student, which for me was entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/26/2011

    " Anyone who has worked in a lab will appreciate how precise a portrait this is. Maybe the plot got a bit tiresome, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha | 8/22/2011

    " Good, but not great. A fairly light and enjoyable read. A nice "vacation" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flavia | 6/18/2011

    " For anyone working in research, especially in the lab, but also for a broader audience, the author brings her characters to life, with their motives, passions, doubts. I have rarely seen such an acute understanding of people. Great novel!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasia | 6/11/2011

    " It wasn't bad. I just wasn't into it too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/2/2011

    " it was an interesting look into the world of academic research and i was invested in the characters, but nothing really happened in the story. anti-climactic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/31/2011

    " I kept waiting for something exciting to happen but it never really did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 5/31/2011

    " This book was very well written, but there was no ending. There was no closure. I wasn't a huge fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/26/2011

    " I loved this book, both because of the writing and the premise. Goodman usually writes (quite beautifully) about Jewish families and their intricacies, but this one was a bit of a departure into academia. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/10/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, although not as much as The Cookbook Collector. Set in a lab, Intuition follows a group of scientists and how they come together and fall apart after one of their own challenges amazing research results. The characters are sad, but the books language was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2011

    " Fascinating plot exposing the pressures of the world of research. Anyone involved in graduate or university life will appreciate the temptations, hours and anxiety of the post doc student characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/19/2011

    " Who doesn't like a book about the quirkiness of academics and academia? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stantontas | 3/14/2011

    " I liked this. Morally muddy, non-simplistic novel that works as a thriller. Bonus points for being the only book I can think of that features believable, non-cipher scientist characters. People rather than plot devices. And nicely written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 1/27/2011

    " A little slow at the beginning, but a page-turner for most of it. "

About the Author

Allegra Goodman’s novels include Intuition and Kaaterskill Falls. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. She is a winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning several AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.