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Atlantic Books, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
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When Russell Stone becomes the teacher of a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence, he is both entranced and troubled. How can this refugee from terror radiate such bliss? Is it possible to be so open and alive without coming to serious harm? Soon, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research has enabled him to announce his discovery of the genetic underpinnings of happiness. Thassa's congenital optimism is severely tested by the growing media circus. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the world at large.

Generosity is Richard Powers' most exuberant and exhilarating book yet.

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User Review  - eenerd - LibraryThing

Uhmmmm...gorgeously written but so unbelievably rich it kept putting me to sleep, of all things. So I want to give it a high rating for quality but I gotta say it's extremely literary (for when you want to get your academia/intelligentsia on). Read full review

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User Review  - JFBallenger - LibraryThing

A masterful novel that provides a fresh perspective on age-old questions of nature vs nurture. While Powers is as enamored as ever by the potential of science edge genetics and neuroscience to define ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Richard Powers is the author of nine novels. The Echo Maker won the US National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Powers has received a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. He lives in Illinois.

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