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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 14, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Hugh Welch has cared for his little sister Dorsey ever since they were children, when Dorsey looked at him as though he were a god. But when Dorsey returns to their small Michigan hometown with a successful career as an astrophysicist and a happy family life, Hugh, who has a long habit of worrying about his sister, realizes that it’s his own life he has to cure, not Dorsey’s. As they explore their complicated history over one hot Fourth of July weekend, they’ll come to terms with the experiences that put such distance between them and discover the imperfect love that ties them as siblings.
 

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As an astrophysicist Dorsey Welch studies the origins of the universe and the gravitational forces that make it cohere. Similarly, this novel moves backward in time to trace the evolving antagonisms ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
30
Section 3
38
Section 4
56
Section 5
70
Section 6
83
Section 7
93
Section 8
125
Section 17
219
Section 18
223
Section 19
228
Section 20
233
Section 21
236
Section 22
239
Section 23
242
Section 24
246

Section 9
129
Section 10
185
Section 11
192
Section 12
196
Section 13
199
Section 14
204
Section 15
208
Section 16
214
Section 25
256
Section 26
260
Section 27
263
Section 28
267
Section 29
274
Section 30
278
Section 31
281
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Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, and Shadow Play, and the collections Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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