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Long for This World (original 2003; edition 2004)
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A wise and richly symphonic first novel, Long for This World is a thoroughly contemporary family drama that hinges on a riveting medical dilemma. Dr. Henry Moss is a dedicated geneticist who stumbles upon a possible cure for a disease that causes rapid aging and early death in children. Although his discovery may hold the key to eternal youth, exploiting it is an ethical minefield. Henry must make a painful choice: he can save the life of a critically ill boy he has grown to love — at the cost of his career — or he can sell his findings for a fortune to match the wealth of his dot-com-rich Seattle neighbors. Henry turns to his family for support, and in their intimately detailed lives unfolds a story of unforgettable characters grappling with their own demons.
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"Dr. Henry Moss has long sought a cure for a congenital disease in children, called Hickman, that drastically ages their young bodies and results in very early death. A thoughtful and empathetic man, Henry wants only to give his heartbreaking patients some small share of the bounteous American future. To his amazement, he stumbles upon a key to the elusive cure. A family consults him about their three-year-old son, Giles, who is clearly stricken with Hickman. Giles's teenage brother also tests positive for the disease - but he displays no symptoms. In fact, all the aging mechanisms in his body seem to have halted. The discovery is a potential goldmine - if Henry can bring himself to exploit it. But it is also an ethical minefield." "To Henry, instant wealth is a powerful temptation. All around him in dot-com Seattle his neighbors luxuriate in easy comfort while his own family's longings go unfulfilled. His wife, Ilse, trained as a doctor in her native Vienna, languishes in a dead-end job. Their two teenage children dwell among their own yearnings. Sandra is a gifted basketball player who is in love with her sport but also with the wrong boy. Darren, at fourteen, drifts haplessly into adolescence. Henry would do anything for them, but in this case the personal price may be too high."--BOOK JACKET.
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