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As She Climbed across the Table Hardcover – 17 Feb 1997

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (17 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385485174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385485173
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,005,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deeply in love with physicist Alice Coombs, professor Philip Engstrand becomes involved in Alice's research into the creation of "Lack," a conscious void in the universe that swallows up things it fancies.

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love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.<br><br>The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.<br><br>Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

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