Powers is one of the best writers working now, and Generosity is full of agile sentences and odd characters. It features a young woman who is always simply happy; this strikes all the other characters as being so unusual that she soon comes under the scrutiny of scientists and the media. --Audrey Niffenegger, Guardian
Compulsive... Powers persists in an heroic attempt to be that mythical being, a modern Renaissance man, as at home in the language of science as in the laboratories of literature...[Generosity is] a meditation on the human condition. --Tim Adams, Observer
[Powers'] writing is smart, tender and wrenchingly anxious about the approaching era... Generosity is a bracingly intelligent fable about the choices that face us. --Herald
Powers is not afraid or unambitious when it comes to choosing his subject matter... Frequently insightful, provocative and witty. --Herald
Powers, whose previous novel, The Echo Maker won the National Book Award, has always been adept at exploring the problematic frontiers of contemporary science. Here, his acuity and satire are as sharp as ever, allowing him to deconstruct brilliantly the commercially charged world of genome mapping, where Brahmins are well on the way to patenting and controlling the stuff of our being... What really makes Generosity tick, however, are its characters, who are as multifaceted and alive as any Powers has ever created --Sunday Times
About the Author
Richard Powers has been a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the US National Book Award and a three-times finalist for the US National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the author of eight novels, including The Time of our Singing, Plowing the Dark, and Gain. He lives in Illinois.