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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. Ann Jacoby Narrator: Paul Michael Garci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Theodore Mead Fegley has always been the smartest person he knows. By age twelve he was in high school, and by fifteen he was attending a top-ranking university. And now, at the tender age of eighteen, he’s on the verge of proving the Riemann hypothesis, a mathematical equation that has mystified academics for almost 150 years. But only days before graduation, Mead suddenly packs his bags and flees home to rural Illinois. What caused him to flee remains a mystery to all but Mead and a classmate, whose quest for success has turned into a dangerous obsession.

At home, Mead finds little solace. His past ghosts haunt him, his parents don’t understand him, and his dreams seem crushed forever. As he embarks on a new life’s journey—learning the family business of selling furniture and embalming the dead—he disappoints and surprises all who knew him as “the young Fegley genius.”

Equal parts academic thriller and poignant coming-of-age story, Life after Genius follows the remarkable journey of a young man who must discover that the heart may know what the head has yet to learn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Filled with colorful characters, all winning and wonderful, even in their pain.”

    USA Today

  • “Seductively absorbing…Jacoby has succeeded in uniting the traditional coming-of-age narrative with a distressing and effective account of the private cruelties that can flourish amid the turmoil that ensues when anyone attempts to take credit for the genius of another person.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Refreshingly offbeat…the elements of mystery are tantalizing.”


  • “Part mystery, part coming-of-age, and entirely engaging.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/14/2014

    " I would have given this a higher rating if the ending had an epilogue. Herman's character is not tied up nor is Mead. And why walk out with nut case Herman when Dr. Alexander just got there, without even 2 minutes of conversation? bizarrely awful ending but I did enjoy the book till then as I have a son who skipped the 6th grade recently. However, he is not being picked on at all, and it makes no sense that Mead would not mention something about his school life to his dad or Percy or someone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joseph Cella | 1/28/2014

    " Good book. Easy to read with a pleasant but subtly unsatisfying conclusion. Which, is what life is really like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by brandon holton | 11/30/2013

    " while seemingly formulaic, the complexity of the relationships between characters is interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 11/6/2013

    " Somewhat ambigious story done in confusing timelines. I think Mead was an interesting person during a coming of age period but I could identify with the misunderstood mother who only wanted the most for her son. "

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About the Author
Author M. Ann Jacoby

M. Ann Jacoby has been an art director at Penguin Group USA for over twenty years. Life after Genius is her first novel.