Carol Muske-Dukes Saving St. Germ: A Novel

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Saving St. Germ: A Novel

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Esme+a7 Charbonneau, a brilliant chemist and dreamer, takes refuge from reality by deconstructing the world around her into its chemical components, and although this habit contributes to her genius, it comes to threaten her marriage, livelihood, and sanity. 10,000 first printing. 12,500 ad/promo.

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Dukes follows up the entertaining but flawed Dear Digby with a more mature second novel, in which she continues her exploration of female creativity and eccentricity. As gifted scientist Esme Charbonneau Tallich nears a breakthrough in the formulation of a Theory of Everything, her behavior becomes increasingly bizarre. She is suspended from her job at a large California university after she neglects her teaching and research duties. Her fragile marriage to an aspiring stand-up comic deteriorates. Then her most vital relationship is threatened when her husband, Jay, agrees with the teachers and doctors who want to institutionalize their peculiar but gifted daughter Ollie, a five-year-old who spends most of her time observing the world from inside a cardboard box decorated to look like a television set. A series of "Imaginary Lectures to Ollie," woven into the plot, enhance our understanding of the often-difficult Esme and her strong bonds to both her career and her daughter. This portrait of the artist as wife, mother and academic limns the semi-madness of a creative woman. It is engaging and irreverent, peopled by offbeat, sharply delineated characters. Long a highly regarded poet, Dukes has developed into a skilled novelist as well.
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