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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,455 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allegra Goodman Narrator: Kathe Mazu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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