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Special topics in calamity physics
Marisha Pessl
Adult Fiction PESSL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. Pessl's showy (often too showy) debut novel, littered as it is with literary references and obscure citations, would seem to make an unlikely candidate for a successful audiobook. Yet actor and singer Emily Janice Card (a North Carolina native like the author) has a ball with Pessl's knotty, digressive prose, eating up Pessl's array of voices, impressions and asides like an ice-cream sundae. Card reads as if she is composing the book as she goes along, with a palpable sense of enjoyment present in almost every line reading. Her girlish voice, immature but knowing, is the perfect sound for Pessl's protagonist and narrator Blue van Meer, wise beyond her years even as she stumbles through a disastrous final year of high school. Card brings out the best in Pessl's novel and papers over its weak spots as ably as she can. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Precocious Blue van Meer is used to moving around with her professor father, who travels from job to job and affair to affair. But she's not prepared for the consequences when both a friend and a favorite teacher die tragically. A much-touted debut; with a seven-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Blue Van Meer
Female
Age: Teenager
Has an impressive vocabulary; mother mysteriously passed away; follows her father from college to college; becomes friends with a group of geniuses.
Student

Hannah Schneider
Female
Film studies teacher; friends with Blue; leader of a group of geniuses.
Professor



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