Our Tragic Universe

HMH

This “delightfully whimsical novel riffs on the premise that ordinary lives stubbornly resist the tidy order that a fiction narrative might impose on them” (Publishers Weekly).

Can a story save your life?
 
Meg Carpenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. Her cell phone is out of minutes. And her moody boyfriend’s only contribution to the household is his sour attitude. So she jumps at the chance to review a pseudoscientific book that promises life everlasting.
 
But who wants to live forever?
 
Consulting cosmology and physics, tarot cards, koans (and riddles and jokes), new-age theories of everything, narrative theory, Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and knitting patterns, Meg wends her way through Our Tragic Universe, asking this and many other questions. Does she believe in fairies? In magic? Is she a superbeing? Is she living a storyless story? And what’s the connection between her off-hand suggestion to push a car into a river, a ship in a bottle, a mysterious beast loose on the moor, and the controversial author of The Science of Living Forever?
 
Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives.
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About the author

Scarlett Thomas is the author of PopCo and The End of Mr. Y. She has been nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and named Writer of the Year by Elle UK, one of the twenty best young writers by the Independent, and one of twenty best writers under forty by the Telegraph.
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Additional Information

Publisher
HMH
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Published on
Sep 1, 2010
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9780547504650
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Women
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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