Thorndike Press

A Doubter's Almanac

  • Ethan Canin
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  • ISBN-10: 1410493504
  • ISBN-13: 9781410493507
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.90 lbs ( .86 kgs)
  • 798 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2016



A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Next Pick
An Amazon Best Book of the Month

This mesmerizing novel from the author of America America explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family. Graced by stunning prose and brilliant storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is surprising, suspenseful, and deeply moving.

“This profoundly insightful and nuanced portrait of math genius Milo Andret , from prodigy to old man dying full of regret, illustrates the precarious balance between madness and survival, between obsession and love. The luminous prose is as elegant as the mathematical theorems Canin so beautifully brings to life. Milo can preternaturally visualize “his exact place in any three-dimensional topography”, but is unable to successfully navigate the emotional terrain that would bring him peace. For fans of Ian McEwan, John Cheever and A Beautiful Mind.” — Bill's Bookshelf Selector, Bill Kelly


Customer Reviews

“Canin, in translucent prose, elucidates the way a mathematician sees the world and humanity’s own insignificance within it. A harrowing, poignant read about the blessing and curse of genius.”

— Booklist (starred)

“A tremendous literary achievement.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Extraordinary . . . a spellbinding novel about math.”

— Kirkus Reviews