On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an imposter. When Karin contacts the famous cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber for help, he diagnoses Mark as having Capgras syndrome. The mysterious nature of the disease, combined with the strange circumstances surrounding Mark’s accident, threatens to change all of their lives beyond recognition. In The Echo Maker, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.
Kate Lochte says:
“Why do cranes return to the Platte River of Nebraska in the spring? Why does a head injury make a man think his sister is an imposter? Why does development threaten a wildlife refuge? Why does a successful cognitive neurologist lose his grip on science and family? Why does a journalist take employment as a nursing aid? Novelist Richard Powers wrote a world of flawed and aggravating people into this introspective mystery. Even though exasperating, Powers’ characters hold the reader in their dilemmas. While Powers works on solving the mystery of the truck wreck, he also seeks clarity for an enigma one might find comfort in during a personal time of anxious caring for oneself or a loved one.”
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