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The Echo Maker
by Richard Powers


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Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

"The Echo Maker" is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who read it" ("Booklist, " starred review).

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

"The Echo Maker" is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who read it" ("Booklist, " starred review).

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman--who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister--is really an imposter. When Karin contacts the famous cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber for help, he diagnoses Mark as having Capgras syndrome. The mysterious nature of the disease, combined with the strange circumstances surrounding Mark's accident, threatens to change all of their lives beyond recognition. In "The Echo Maker, " Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312426439
  • ISBN-10: 0312426437
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: August 2007
  • Page Count: 451
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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The Echo Maker

Winner of the 2006 National Book Award, this poignant novel offers further proof of Powers' remarkable abilities as a fiction writer. The Echo Maker tells the story of Mark Schluter, a 27-year-old meatpacker who lives in Nebraska and nearly dies in a car accident. Mark sinks into a coma after the crash, and his sister, Karin, becomes his caretaker. When Mark comes out of the coma, he refuses to believe that Karin is really his sister—he thinks she's an impostor. Desperate to help her brother, Karin gets in touch with noted neurologist Gerald Weber, who confirms that Mark has a disease called Capgras syndrome. Those who suffer from this strange (and real) condition are unable to believe that the people closest to them are who they really say they are. Weber and his wife, Sylvie, are two members of a large and well-rounded cast of characters that includes Karin's eco-conscious boyfriend, two of Mark's pals from the meatpacking plant and a mysterious nurse named Barbara. Powers builds a rich, complex narrative, with mysteries stemming not only from Mark's strange disease, but from the accident itself and the events that led up to that night. He skillfully handles these multiple plot strands, building a wonderful work of literary fiction that succeeds on every level.

A reading group guide is available online at www.picadorusa.com.

 
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