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Generosity : an enhancement

Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Didactic fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Powers
ISBN: 9780374161149 0374161143
OCLC Number: 289009191
Notes: "A Frances Coady book."
Description: 296 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Richard Powers.

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When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness.

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