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Tangled Roots [Hardcover]

Sue Guiney
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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: bluechrome Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (14 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906061408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906061401
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,287,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two voices interweave, an aging mother and her adult son, to carry us from Boston to London to Moscow and back again. Through physics, religion, travel and even baseball, they express the often unknown, yet undeniable, influences one life will have on another.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 1 Nov 2008
This debut novel is the story of a scientist John and his mother Grace. This emotional story of two intertwined characters, tackles difficult issues between them with humour and finesse. This is an interesting mixture of the different perspectives of certain common events in their lives. Sue Guiney has created believable characters and shows great insight as a new author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the mind of a scientist 9 April 2009
The novel shifts between the viewpoints of John, a cosmology professor in a Boston university, and Grace, his mother, jumping backwards and forwards in time to include her death and burial. It isn't so much science fiction as a work of fiction about a scientist and his family. Ms Guiney succeeds in showing what it is that attracts people to the life of scientific inquiry and how spiritual needs can collide with the scientist's commitment to unbending rationalism. It also deals with how such characters are formed by events and relationships in their early lives. It is largely the story of how her protagonist achieves a life balance that allows him to live at peace with himself. There are many references to current scientific theories, particularly the near-mystical concepts that have emerged from quantum mechanics, which is the world in which John lives his life and the terms in which he tries to make sense of it, but the novel's greatest strength I think is in getting us to understand and care about the kind of man we might all too easily dismiss as a remote academic devoid of human feelings. Ms Guiney's characters really live and breathe, and our need to know what is going to happen to them next even turns it into a kind of thriller. Strongly recommended.
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