Gain

ISBN-10: 0312429096
ISBN-13: 9780312429096
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Description: Gaintells two parallel stories: one, of Laura Body, divorced mother of two and real-estate agent in the small town of Lacewood, Illinois, who one day discovers that she has cancer; and two, of Clare Soap & Chemical, a company begun by three merchant  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Gaintells two parallel stories: one, of Laura Body, divorced mother of two and real-estate agent in the small town of Lacewood, Illinois, who one day discovers that she has cancer; and two, of Clare Soap & Chemical, a company begun by three merchant brothers in 19th century Boston, which grows into a large conglomerate based in Lacewood, Illinois. As Clare Soap & Chemical changes through the history of America, so a modern-day Laura Body descends into a battle with her terminal illness. By the novel's stunning conclusion, we have learned how the largest enterprises affect us on the most personal level.

Richard Powers was born on June 18, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois. He received a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts and worked as a computer programmer and freelance data processor. One day he saw August Sander's 1914 black-and-white photograph of three Westerwald farm boys heading to a dance at the Museum of Fine Arts. This photograph inspired him to quit his job and try writing a novel. Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance was published in 1985. His other works include Prisoner's Dilemma; The Gold Bug Variations; Operation Wandering Soul; Galatea 2.2; Plowing the Dark; The Time of Our Singing; and Generosity: An Enhancement. He has won numerous awards including the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction for Gain, the National Book Award for The Echo Maker, and a Lannan Literary Award.

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