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Nell Freudenberger

Autor(a) de The Newlyweds

7+ Works 1,672 Membros 80 Críticas

About the Author

Nell Freudenberger has taught English in Bangkok and New Delhi, and currently lives in New York City
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Obras por Nell Freudenberger

The Newlyweds (2012) 555 exemplares
Lucky Girls: Stories (2003) 422 exemplares
Lost and Wanted (2019) 403 exemplares
The Dissident (2006) 281 exemplares
The Limits: A novel (2024) 9 exemplares
The Tutor - story 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 556 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (2005) — Contribuidor — 254 exemplares
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Contribuidor — 228 exemplares
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
Granta 82: Life's Like That (2003) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
Granta 93: God's Own Countries (2006) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Helen Clapp is a professor of Physics at MIT. When she is not working on ground breaking projects in her field, she's working as a single mother to her eight year old son, Jack. In the middle of her busy life, one day she randomly receives a text message from her old Harvard roommate, Charlie. What's strange about this interaction isn't the fact that she hadn't spoke to Charlie in years, but the fact that Charlie had died a few days prior to when Helen received the text. This chance encounter shakes Helen, causing her to reflect upon her past, present, and future.

I have to say this definitely NOT a book for everyone. Much like Elif Bautman's The Idiot (a novel in which I completely adored), I think most readers will either love or hate this book due to the fact that it interweaves an extremely character driven plot with a very niche discipline. I wouldn't particularly call this book a difficult read, but it does include a lot of scientific jargon that could be off-putting to some readers. Personally, I love books that really make me think a little outside of my comfort zone, so when I read that this book was a bit "brainy" and eccentric in execution, I was PUMPED.

Anyway, I pretty much adored everything about this book (with the minor exception of the plot twist which was predictable). I loved learning about Helen's life in college and her life in the present day. I loved reading about her history with Neel and about the complexities of their working relationship with each other. I loved learning about Charlie's life and family, as well as her battles with her disease and beyond. But honestly, what I loved most about this book has nothing to do with the plot, but with how seamlessly Freudenberger was able to interweave all of the narratives together. I felt like she did an excellent job of conveying genuine emotions in characters that would stereotypically read as cold people who were wrapped up in their work. I was also COMPLETELY shocked when I read Freudenberger's Acknowledgement page where she stated that she did not have any scientific background prior to her research for Lost and Wanted. I cannot imagine the amount of time and energy that she must have dedicated to crafting such a gorgeous novel.
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cbwalsh | 22 outras críticas | Sep 13, 2023 |
While it's well written, it's another story that didn't grab my attention and found it somewhat lackluster. Not much more to say.
Jonathan5 | 22 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2023 |
The science here is cosmic, bleeding into philosophy, which makes for deliberate reading - there is no rushing through this book. It is difficult, in a way, but not heavy. The physicists love their work, and it is explained in almost loving detail.
The people in Helen's world are also well loved, and relatable, thus complex.
See more of my thoughts here https://afewmorethings.com/reading/lost-and-wanted/
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JSpilman | 22 outras críticas | Jan 4, 2022 |
This author seems to be popular among readers who enjoy the journey. I am a destination person instead, and I found this book unsatisfying.
d.r.halliwell | 22 outras críticas | Dec 30, 2021 |



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