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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
  

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A 12 year old genius wins a prestigious Science Award from The Smithsonian although they are unaware he is only twelve. T.S decides to abscond from his home in Montana and journey to Washington and the awards ceremony. A wonderful book, enhanced beautifully by illustrations of some of T.S’s marvellous maps. A true gem of a book.

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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

T.S. Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana. His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of beetle. His brother has gone, his sister seems normal but might not be, and his dog - Verywell - is going mad. T.S. makes sense of it all by drawing beautiful, meticulous maps kept in innumerable colour-coded notebooks. He is brilliant, and the Smithsonian Institution agrees, though when they award him a major scientific prize they don't suspect for a moment that he is twelve years old. So begins T.S.'s life-changing adventure, travelling two thousand miles across America to reach the awards dinner, the secret-society membership and the TV interviews that beckon. But is this what he wants? Do maps and lists explain the world? And why are adults so strange?


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Here is a book that does the impossible: it combines Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine. Good novels entertain; great ones come as a gift to the readers who are lucky enough to find them. This book is a treasure * Stephen King * Larsen has made an impressive mark ... spectacularly funny * Sunday Times * Reif Larsen's wonderful original debut, destined to please readers of all ages, is the Next Big Thing... echoes of Thomas Pynchon, Robert Coover and Nicholson Baker... a lively sophisticated narrative that looks to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * Irish Times * A wilfully original and diverting book ... you can see exactly why it caused publishers to sit up. It is charming and kooky * Observer * Think Tom Sawyer with a passion for empirical science... one of the most original books of the year * Metro *


About the Author

Reif Larsen is twenty-eight, studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he is finishing his MFA in fiction. He is also a filmmaker and has made documentaries in the US, UK and sub-Saharan Africa. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Publication date

7th October 2010

Author

Reif Larsen

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Reading Groups

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099555193

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