Knopf Publishing Group
On Sale: February 23, 2010
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On a languid midsummerâ€™s day in the countryside, old Adam
Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His
family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam,
struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful
actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with
voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their
mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are
strained at best; and Petraâ€™s â€śyoung manâ€ťâ€”very likely more
interested in the father than the daughterâ€”who has arrived
for a superbly ill-timed visit.
But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around
them hovers a family of mischievous immortalsâ€”among them,
Zeus, who has his eye on young Adamâ€™s wife; Pan, who has
taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome
acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient
narrator: â€śWe too are petty and vindictive,â€ť he tells us,
â€śjust like you, when we are put to it.â€ť As old Adamâ€™s days
on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up
trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . .
Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological
insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a
gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible,
wonderful plight of being humanâ€”a dazzling novel from one of
the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.
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