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The literary event of the season a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prizewinning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michaels personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michaels personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico.

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