The Diagnosis: A Novel
From the bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams comes this harrowing tale of one man's struggle to cope in a wired world, even as his own biological wiring short-circuits. As Boston’s Red Line shuttles Bill Chalmers to work one summer morning, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, he can't remember which stop is his, where he works, or even who he is. The only thing he can remember is his corporate motto: the maximum information in the minimum time.
Bill’s memory returns, but a strange numbness afflicts him. As he attempts to find a diagnosis for his deteriorating illness, he descends into a nightmarish tangle of inconclusive results, his company’s manic frenzy, and his family’s disbelief. Ultimately, Bill discovers that he is fighting not just for his body but also for his soul.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Clare.Davitt - LibraryThing
I read this after having loved "Einstein's Dreams" for years. This did not live up to my hopes at all. The story was intriguing at first and as always Lightman's descriptive skills are pretty ... Read full review
THE DIAGNOSISUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
From the author of Einstein's Dreams (1993), a haunting if ultimately unsatisfying metafiction.Bill Chalmers is an eager and, as far as he knows, happy participant in what was once quaintly called the ... Read full review
IN THE HOSPITAL
EARLIER THAT AFTERNOON
A DAY OF REST
CIDER BARN ANTIQUES
NATIONAL PARALYSIS ASSOCIATION
AT THE OFFICE
THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY PET
THE JOB OFFER
NEWS FROM MR BAKER
ABOUT THE AUTHOR