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Gain By Richard Powers

Gain
by Richard Powers

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The second is that of a contemporary woman, living in the company town, who during the course of the novel is diagnosed and then finally dies of cancer, a cancer that is almost certainly caused by exposure to chemical wastes from the company's factories.
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Gain Summary


Gain by Richard Powers

FROM THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE OVERSTORY Richard Powers' novel is a fascinating and profound exploration of the interaction of an individual human life and a corporate one. It tells two stories: the first that of an American company, which starts as a small family soap and candle-making firm in the early 1800s, and ends as a vast pharmaceuticals-to-pesticides combine in the 1990s. The second is that of a contemporary woman, living in the company town, who during the course of the novel is diagnosed and then finally dies of cancer, a cancer that is almost certainly caused by exposure to chemical wastes from the company's factories. Richly intellectually stimulating, deeply moving and beautifully written, Gain is very much a 'Great American Novel', an exploration of the history, uniqueness and soul of America, in the tradition of Underworld. But it is most reminiscent of Graham Swift's Waterland, another novel that combines history, both public and private, with contemporary lives, showing how individuals are both the victims and shapers of large-scale historical and economic forces

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About Richard Powers


Richard Powers is a recipient of a MacArthur award (commonly referred to as 'genius grants'). His novel Galatea 2.2 was nominated for the US National Book Critics Circle Award.

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GOR001137832
Gain by Richard Powers
Richard Powers
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2001-11-01
368
0099284464
9780099284468
N/A
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