Origin: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Lena Dawson is a fingerprint examiner at a crime lab in the small city of Syracuse, New York, comfortable in her minute, predictable world of forensics. During one snowy, frigid upstate winter, Lena's routine is broken by a series of crib deaths, indistinguishable from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but for the fevered testimony of one distraught mother with connections in high places. Soon the deaths draw the attention of the police and the national media and raise the possibility of the inconceivable: that an infant murderer is at work.
Orphaned as a child, out of place as an adult, gifted with delicate powers of intuition, Lena finds herself playing a critical role in the case, even as her secure world begins to unravel. Her colleagues scheme and bicker; her controlling, overprotective ex-husband tries to outmaneuver a suspected rival; community activists promote fears of a new kind of terrorism. And then there is the mystery of her own childhood to solve, her late-night dreams of walking through the rain forest - unexplainable dreams. Could the improbable deaths of a half-dozen babies be somehow connected to her own improbable survival?
 

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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

Thoroughly enjoyed this book - very different from the other two works I have read by this author. I am perhaps biased because I live 50 miles north of Syracuse and the locations mentioned in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - cat-ballou - LibraryThing

So I read this book in a single sitting. While a lot of that was due to the facts that 1) I'm a fast reader and 2) today is Saturday and so I can curl up on the couch without missing work, a certain amount is due to the engaging nature of the plot. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
13
CHAPTER 2
24
CHAPTER 3
28
CHAPTER 4
37
CHAPTER 5
46
CHAPTER 6
52
CHAPTER 7
58
CHAPTER 8
72
CHAPTER 26
205
CHAPTER 27
212
CHAPTER 28
218
CHAPTER 29
226
CHAPTER 30
235
CHAPTER 31
241
CHAPTER 32
253
CHAPTER 33
265

CHAPTER 9
81
CHAPTER 10
88
CHAPTER 11
97
CHAPTER 12
102
CHAPTER 13
107
CHAPTER 14
118
CHAPTER 15
122
CHAPTER 16
128
CHAPTER 17
135
CHAPTER 18
140
CHAPTER 19
145
CHAPTER 20
161
CHAPTER 21
171
CHAPTER 22
178
CHAPTER 23
185
CHAPTER 24
197
CHAPTER 25
202
CHAPTER 34
272
CHAPTER 35
278
CHAPTER 36
284
CHAPTER 37
288
CHAPTER 38
295
CHAPTER 39
309
CHAPTER 40
315
CHAPTER 41
322
CHAPTER 42
329
CHAPTER 43
334
CHAPTER 44
336
CHAPTER 45
342
CHAPTER 46
345
CHAPTER 47
362
CHAPTER 48
378
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About the author (2007)

Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of four novels, including Crescent, and two memoirs, Life Without a Recipe and The Language of Baklava. She and her family divide time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

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