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Atmospheric Disturbances

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
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 the storms of our own making.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Playful yet profound, Murakami-esque yet original, analytical yet heartbreaking... an absolutely stunning and unforgettable debut." - Vendela Vida


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October 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4104-1040-4 / 978-1-4104-1040-5 (USA edition)
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May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-374-20011-4 / 978-0-374-20011-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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June 2009 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-55468-055-7 / 978-1-55468-055-9 (Canada edition)
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-00-727685-0 / 978-0-00-727685-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-312-42843-X / 978-0-312-42843-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-00-726504-2 / 978-0-00-726504-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances (Library Edition)
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4332-1443-1 / 978-1-4332-1443-1 (USA edition)
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June 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4332-1444-X / 978-1-4332-1444-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4332-1445-8 / 978-1-4332-1445-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen, Malcolm Hillgartner
ISBN: 1-4332-1441-5 / 978-1-4332-1441-7 (USA edition)
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May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances (Library Edition)
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4332-1442-3 / 978-1-4332-1442-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2008 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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