Atmospheric Disturbances (audiobook)

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7.7 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/27/08
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/27/08 9781433214424
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 05/27/08 9781433214455
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 02/01/09 9781433276057
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Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award

Winner of the 2010 Saroyan Prize

One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2008 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction

An Indie Next Notable Title for July 2008

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2008

A Finalist for the New York Public Library's 2009 Young Lions Fiction Award, given to an American writer age thirty-five or younger for either a novel or collection of short stories

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 storms of our own making. 

Review Quotes

“[An] enthralling debut…heartbreaking and maddening…Don’t be surprised if this gives you a Crying of Lot 49 nostalgia hit.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling, Galchen’s metaphysical tale of longing, grief, love, and the volatility of the self gracefully charts the tempestuous weather of the human psyche.”

Booklist (starred review)

“An intricate puzzle powered by an urgently beating heart…A superb first novel.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Astonishing…This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand.”

Library Journal

“Galchen’s astonishing debut is rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling that keeps the reader as baffled as Leo right to the end. This dense, brilliant novel should be much in demand.”

Library Journal

“Galchen’s intriguing and sophisticated first novel has a startling premise and unique characters, all ably interpreted by Hillgartner. His rich baritone is perfect for the obsessed Liebenstein and, surprisingly, equally effective for the female characters. His real achievement, though, is portraying the transformation of the psychiatrist as he argues with himself that his increasingly bizarre observations are scientifically valid and that his wife is really not herself.”