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36 arguments for the existence of God : a work of fiction
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Adult Fiction GOLDSTE

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An "atheist with a soul" is in for a lot of soul-searching in MacArthur genius Goldstein's rollicking latest (Mazel). Cass Seltzer, a university professor specializing in "the psychology of religion," hits the big time with a bestselling book and an offer to teach at Harvard-quite a step up from his current position at Frankfurter University. While waiting for his girlfriend to return from a conference, Cass receives an unexpected visit from Roz Margolis, whom he dated 20 years earlier and who looks as good now as she ever did. Her secret: dedicating her substantial smarts to unlocking the secrets of immortality. Cass's recent success and Roz's sudden appearance send him into contemplation of the tumultuous events of his past, involving his former mentor, his failed first marriage and a young mathematical prodigy whose talent may go unrealized, culminating in a standing-room-only debate with a formidable opponent where Cass must reconcile his new, unfamiliar life with his experience of himself. Irreverent and witty, Goldstein seamlessly weaves philosophy into this lively and colorful chronicle of intellectual and emotional struggles. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Cass Seltzer
University professor specializing in "the psychology of religion;" his book becomes a best seller; wins over Lucinda Mandelbaum; loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation; former girlfriend appears; invites him to join in her quest; immortality through biochemistry; haunted by reminders of his mentor; and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius.

Lucinda Mandelbaum
Called, "the goddess of game theory;".

Roz Margolis
Former girlfriend of Cass; dedicated herself to unlocking the secrets of immortality.

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