From the author of the best-selling Einstein's Dreams comes a wonderfully original, deeply moving, and wryly funny novel about the clash between the absolutes of science and the vagaries of human experience.

Bennett always knew he would live a life of science. From the homemade rockets and experiments of his childhood to the complex equations he solved as a professor of physics, his vision has transformed the uncertainty and frailty of life into an order and beauty that he inhabits with deep satisfaction. But his vision betrays him, revealing a profound incompleteness, an inadequacy to confront the contradictions his life: the black maid who raises him and loves him but cannot welcome him into her own house, the mentally absent father who wishes he'd died a hero in World War II, the self-destructive wife who invites Bennett's cruelty. As Bennett struggles between reason and intuition, he slowly learns to allow the imperfections of daily life - the chaos he has worked so hard to control - to broaden his understanding of the world and his place in it.

Written with lyrical sparseness, hilarity mixed with sadness, the story of Bennett's struggle becomes both a beautifully rendered portrait of the emotional life of a scientist and a resonant tale of the disillusionment that haunts us all.

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Hardback Editions

July 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-517-26765-9 / 978-0-517-26765-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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May 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-7475-1999-4 / 978-0-7475-1999-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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January 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-679-43614-6 / 978-0-679-43614-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc
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Paperback Editions

January 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-446-67160-6 / 978-0-446-67160-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-340-63516-9 / 978-0-340-63516-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Audio Editions

October 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 1-982547-46-4 / 978-1-982547-46-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Good Benito
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ISBN: 1-982547-47-2 / 978-1-982547-47-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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October 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 1-982547-48-0 / 978-1-982547-48-6 (USA edition)
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Good Benito
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Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Good Benito
Author(s): Alan Lightman
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: GOOD BENITO: A Novel
Author(s): Alan Lightman
Publisher: Pantheon
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