April Book Discussion- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

  • April 22, 2013 · 7:30 PM

The low down courtesy of Amazon.

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her—or almost exactly like her—and even audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the original Rema is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey—who believes himself to be a secret agent who can control the weather—Leo attempts to unravel the mystery of the spousal switch. His investigation leads him to the enigmatic guidance of the meteorologist Dr. Tzvi Gal-Chen, the secret workings of the Royal Academy of Meteorology in their cosmic conflict with the 49 Quantum Fathers, and the unwelcome conviction that somehow he—or maybe his wife, or maybe even Harvey—lies at the center of all these unfathomables. From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo’s erratic quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false. Atmospheric Disturbances is at once a moving love story, a dark comedy, a psychological thriller, and a deeply disturbing portrait of a fracturing mind. With tremendous compassion and dazzling literary sophistication, Rivka Galchen investigates the moment of crisis when you suddenly realize that the reality you insist upon is no longer one you can accept, and the person you love has become merely the person you live with. This highly inventive debut explores the mysterious nature of human relationships, and how we spend our lives trying to weather the storms of our own making.

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  • RGRG

    sorry i didn't realize i had made it off the wait list! will try to make the next one:)

    April 22, 2013

  • Courtney

    I'm new to this as well and am currently on the waiting list. It would be nice to know ahead of time if I will be able to attend and not last minute. Is it possible to open an additional meetup each month to accommodate more people?

    April 11, 2013

  • Anna

    To answer the many questions about space. There are often many people who cancel at the last min. There is quite a good chance that you will make it in. Recently we have had quite a few of now shows. I am looking to enforcing a three strikes policy as a courtesy to those who are on the wait list and want to participate. I will post something about this policy later this week. Please feel free to e-mail directly with any questions. I do ask those who are not going to come change their RSVP AS SOON AS they know they will not be attending.


    April 11, 2013

  • Kate C

    Also new to this (and below Melody on the waiting list). Would anyone else on the waiting list want to meet somewhere close by and discuss the book on our own?

    April 11, 2013

  • Melody

    New to this - if i'm #8 on the waiting list, do I stand a chance? Will it ever be moved to a bigger place or do you keep groups small?

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah - just bad timing on my travels. I will be home in Cleveland this Monday. Next month!!

    January 25, 2013

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