Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old
Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His
older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly
to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head
injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark
believes that this womanâ€“who looks, acts, and sounds just
like his sisterâ€“is really an identical impostor. Shattered
by her brotherâ€™s refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts
the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case
histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain
disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras
Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates.
What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own
sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left
by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the
night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that
evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Set against the Platte Riverâ€™s massive spring migrationsâ€“one
of the greatest spectacles in natureâ€“The Echo Maker is a
gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and
the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins
us to the rest of creation.
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