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Intuition [a novel]

by Goodman, Allegra.

Format: Book on CD 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD GOO
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
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Summary
Hailed as "a writer of uncommon clarity" by theNew Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers asThe Family MarkowitzandKaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff's rigorous colleague--and girlfriend--Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it. With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel. From the Hardcover edition.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The fluency of her insights and the sheer pleasure of her aerodynamic prose propelled Goodman, the author of Paradise Park (2001), onto the best-seller lists. Her fifth book, about an outbreak of hubristic ambition in a small research laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, promises to win her even more avid readers. Marion Mendelssohn, the director of the Philpott Institute, is a brilliant and meticulous scientist happy to work with her opposite, the brash oncologist Sandy Glass, an extrovert who enjoys the battle for funding that high-stakes research demands. But after one of the lab's young scientists, Cliff, makes a radical breakthrough in cancer treatment, Sandy takes over, launching an accelerated PR campaign and bypassing all the methodology and patience essential to sound science. As Sandy courts the media, Marion lowers her guard, and Cliff becomes maniacal and elusive, Robin, a fellow researcher and Cliff's former girlfriend, grows suspicious about Cliff's discovery and breaks ranks. Goodman's sympathetic yet floundering characters are compelling, their conflicts provocative, and her writing spellbinding as she dramatizes the consequences of ignorance, the poison of doubt, and the quandary of intuition. Vivid, incisive, and funny whether she's describing the handling of lab mice or a congressional hearing, Goodman not only tells a psychologically dazzling and covertly archetypal story but also conducts a timely inquiry into our society's problematic matrix of science, money, and politics. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "There are more rats than those in the cages of the Massachusetts research laboratory at the center of Goodman's novel. Postdoctoral researcher Cliff may have fudged his amazing tumor-reducing results while his bosses are all too eager to capitalize on any discovery. Jenna Stern delivers a lively depiction of the high-pressure world of cancer research. Her narrative commences on a fairly even note and increases in intensity as Nobel Prize fantasies are dashed by congressional hearings and political realities. Stern does a particularly deft job with the heated interchange between Sandy Glass, a lab director, and an irate congressional panel. Stern does less well with Cliff, Robin and the other postdoctoral students at the heart of the story. They all sound remarkably alike, and Stern's voice is too mature for the 20-somethings. The weighted, even intonation is not the way Generation Y speaks-even the highly educated Ivy Leaguers on whom this novel is based. The abridgment is smoothly orchestrated with no noticeable jumps or gaps. Despite these relatively minor flaws, Intuition is an enjoyable light listen about a timely issue. Simultaneous release with the Dial Press hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 5, 2005). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cancer -- Research -- Fiction.
Research institutes -- Fiction.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Fiction.
Cambridge (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York, NY :Random House,2006
Contributors Stern, Jenna.
Participants/Performers Read by Jenna Stern.
Language English
Notes Subtitle from container.
Compact disc.
Abridged.
Description 5 audio discs (5 1/2 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0739325248
9780739325247
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