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The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
  

The Invention of Everything Else

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009

It’s an absorbing tale of the relationship between a chambermaid and the scientific genius Tesla, with some enticing time-travel ideas.

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Synopsis

The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

Louisa is an imaginative and curious chambermaid who, while cleaning rooms at the New Yorker Hotel, stumbles across a man living permanently in room 3327, which he has transformed into a scientific laboratory. Brought together by a shared interest in the pigeons that nest in the hotel, Louisa discovers that the mysterious guest is Nikola Tesla, one of the most brilliant – and most neglected – inventors of the twentieth century.

The Invention of Everything Else charts the relationship of the girl and the genius during the last week of Tesla’s life, when sinister forces are closing in on him. However, as well as being an engaging literary mystery, this exceptional novel movingly tells the life story of this extraordinary man and also recounts the heartbreak and redemption of one ordinary family..

Reviews

'A brilliant evocation of the life of the inventor Nikola Tesla' Guardian

'A fantastical story that engages the heart and mind, as Hunt pays tribute to the power of invention, and the enduring strength of love' Psychologies

'A fresh original voice….believable and hilarious… this is a literary novel that deserves a wide readership.. a real talent to watch' Sunday Express

'A sophisticated pastiche of science fiction, fantasy, melodrama, and historical anecdote....It all adds up to a precocious math of human marvel' Elle

About the Author

Samantha Hunt’s fiction has been published in the New Yorker and McSweeney’s and she has written one previous novel. She received the ‘5 under 35’ award from the American National Book Foundation in 2006 and currently teaches writing and bookmaking at the Pratt Institute.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd April 2009

Author

Samantha Hunt

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Author's Website

www.samanthahunt.net/
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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099524007

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