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Generosity

(2009)
A novel by

 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)

"If Powers were an American writer of the noneteenth century he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby Dick. His picture is that big."
Margaret Atwood


When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness.

Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large.

What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments? Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence.

 
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Used availability for Richard Powers's Generosity


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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Generosity: An Enhancement (Basic)
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4104-2144-9 / 978-1-4104-2144-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2010 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Generosity
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-84887-125-2 / 978-1-84887-125-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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September 2009 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Generosity: An Enhancement
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-374-16114-3 / 978-0-374-16114-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Generosity
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-84887-127-9 / 978-1-84887-127-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Generosity: An Enhancement
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-312-42975-4 / 978-0-312-42975-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Generosity
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-84887-126-0 / 978-1-84887-126-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Audio Editions

September 2009 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Generosity: An Enhancement
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4272-0767-4 / 978-1-4272-0767-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Generosity
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Generosity
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Generosity: An Enhancement
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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