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The Falling Sky (Paperback)

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A blackly comic campus satire combined with a heart-breaking family mystery, The Falling Sky brilliantly mixes fiction and astronomy into a fascinating, compelling, and moving narrative

Jeanette is a young, solitary post-doctoral researcher who has dedicated her life to studying astronomy. Struggling to compete in a prestigious university department dominated by egos and incompetents, and caught in a cycle of brief and unsatisfying affairs, she travels to a mountaintop observatory in Chile to focus on her research. There Jeanette stumbles upon evidence that will challenge the fundamentals of the universe, drawing her into conflict with her colleagues and the scientific establishment, but also casting her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood. As the implications of her discovery gather momentum, and her relationships spiral out of control, Jeanette's own grip on reality is threatened, finally forcing her to confront the hidden past. This bittersweet debut novel blends black comedy, heartbreaking tragedy, and fascinatingly accessible science, in an intricate and beautiful examination of one woman's disintegration and journey to redemption.

About the Author

Pippa Goldschmidt has a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astronomer for several years, followed by posts in the civil service including working in outer space policy. She has written on astronomy for the "New York Times"." In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Scottish Book Trust/Creative Scotland New Writers Award. "The Falling Sky" was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize.

Praise For…

"A delicate and fascinating study of a life in which intellect and external microscopic and cosmic fields of force interact."  —Stephen Fry, author, Revenge

"[The Falling Sky] forces people to challenge the stereotype of a 'typical female scientist' as much as they challenge the very formation of our universe." —Fiction About Science

"Artists, romantics, philosophers, mystics, feminists, photographers and scientists will all identify with aspects of Jeanette's journey." —Shelf Awareness
Product Details
ISBN: 9781908754141
ISBN-10: 1908754141
Publisher: Freight Books
Publication Date: May 2014
Pages: 264
Language: English