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Marisha Pessl

Author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics

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Birthdate
1977-10-26
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Country (for map)
USA
Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Places of residence
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Education
Northwestern University
Barnard College (BA, English Literature)
Occupations
financial consultant
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Short biography
Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review.

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Neo universitari morti intrappolati nel giorno della marmotta.
Per risolvere una morte misteriosa diventano a seconda della necessità ladri ninja o navy seals.
Svariate seghe mentali sull esistenza
 
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LLonaVahine | 40 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS:

Print: 8/3/2006; Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking Adult; ISBN 978-0670037773; 514 pages.

Digital: Yes, available.

Audio: COPYRIGHT: 10/22/2019; ISBN 9781415937778; PUBLISHER: Books on Tape; DURATION: 21:39:26; PARTS: 17; Unabridged; FILE SIZE: 624545 KB

Feature Film or tv: No.

SERIES: No

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
How I selected it: My husband saw the hardbound version in a Booksale and pointed it our as a possible audiobook candidate.

What it’s about: It doesn’t start with much sense of what it’s about. A father and daughter are new in town, they meet up with a woman in a grocery store, who it turns out is a teacher at the school the daughter will be attending. This teacher seems to take the daughter under her wing in terms of asking students to befriend her. The father is a college professor; the daughter an accomplished scholar.

What I thought: Initially I found the constant analogies of trivial experiences to literature annoying. It reminded me of how I am so often, as I walk through my days, reminded of various songs.. which I’ve noticed Celine Dion does too, to an annoying extent--but it also made me think, how bored someone must be with life if they must constantly find themes from literature in its unfolding. At one point, early on, I wondered if the author had once tasked herself to write a story that could believably incorporate every title mentioned in a dictionary of literature, with some non-fiction tossed in. Eventually, either the analogies got better, got fewer, or I simply got used to it…and the last third of the book is actually interesting.

AUTHOR:
Marisha Pessl

NARRATOR:
Emily Janice Card

GENRE:
Fiction; coming of age

SUBJECTS:
Academics; family relations; high school social networks; politics


RATING:
3 stars. Interesting, but too long.

STARTED READING – FINISHED READING
11/3/2022 to 11-25-2022
… (more)
 
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TraSea | 305 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Very good story premise but did have quite a few plot holes. Still a fun read.
 
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IntrovertedFaerie13 | 40 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
While I think I liked Night Film better, this was a really excellent read. The central mysteries are well paced and by the end I was reading rather feverishly to find out the answers. Pessl seems to like to let some questions hang at the end or her novels, but I find this works thematically and leaves you thinking and wondering for quite awhile after closing the book.
 
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Works
5
Members
10,526
Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
631
ISBNs
127
Languages
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Favorited
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