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Gain

ISBN-10: 0312429096

ISBN-13: 9780312429096

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard Powers, Richard Powers

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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.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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.