The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

by Reif Larsen

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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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.

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9780099555193
Publication date: 07/10/2010
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846552779
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of CCV
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780099555193
Publication date: 7th October 2010
Author: Reif Larsen
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Reif Larsen

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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