Bellwether: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop culture, and the arcane secrets of the heart.

Sandra Foster studies fads—from Barbie dolls to the grunge look—how they start and what they mean. Bennett O'Reilly is a chaos theorist studying monkey group behavior. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together. It's a moment of synchronicity—if not serendipity—which leads them into a chaotic system of their own, complete with a million-dollar research grant, caffé latte, tattoos, and a series of unlucky coincidences that leaves Bennett monkeyless, fundless, and nearly jobless. Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. (After all, what better animal to study both chaos theory and the herd mentality that so often characterizes human behavior?) But scientific discovery is rarely straightforward and never simple, and Sandra and Bennett have to endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, dead ends, and disasters before they find their ultimate answer. . . . 

Praise for Bellwether

“One of science fiction's best writers.”The Denver Post

“Connie Willis deploys the apparatus of science fiction to illuminate character and relationships, and her writing is fresh, subtle, and deeply moving.”The New York Times Book Review

“Keen social satire touched with genuine humanity . . . Connie Willis's fiction is one of the most intelligent delights of our genre.”Locus

“A sheer pleasure to read . . . Sprightly, intelligent fun.”Publishers Weekly
 

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This is classified as science fiction but I'll be darned if I can figure out why. It is a novel that anyone who has ever worked in a corporation should treat themselves to. Read full review

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Haha! This book was a sheer delight to listen to. Willis builds subtle humor in the characters, the plot, and the setting. I often found myself nodding my head, thinking, ‘Yeah! That could totally ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
25
Section 4
33
Section 5
47
Section 6
53
Section 7
61
Section 8
67
Section 17
139
Section 18
147
Section 19
159
Section 20
169
Section 21
177
Section 22
187
Section 23
193
Section 24
201

Section 9
73
Section 10
83
Section 11
87
Section 12
95
Section 13
105
Section 14
113
Section 15
125
Section 16
131
Section 25
207
Section 26
215
Section 27
223
Section 28
227
Section 29
233
Section 30
239
Section 31
245
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About the author (2010)

Connie Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.

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