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Author's Forum Presents: "A Perfect Life": A Conversation with Eileen Pollack and Tim McKay

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Gallery, #100 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Map
Eileen Pollack (U-M English professor) reads from her latest novel "A Perfect Life," followed by a conversation with Tim McKay, U-M professor of physics, astronomy, and education; then Q & A and book signing.

About "A Perfect Life":
A luminous and insightful novel that considers the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love. A young researcher at MIT, Jane Weiss is obsessed with finding the genetic marker for Valentine’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Her pursuit is deeply personal—Valentine’s killed her mother, and she and her freewheeling sister, Laurel, could be genetic carriers; each has a fifty percent chance of developing the disease. Having seen firsthand the devastating effect Valentine’s had on her parents’ marriage, Jane is terrified she might become a burden on whomever she falls in love with and so steers clear of romantic entanglement. Then, the summer before her father’s second wedding, Jane falls hard for her future stepbrother, Willie. But Willie’s father also died from Valentine’s, raising the odds that their love will end in tragedy.
When Willie bolts at a crucial moment in their relationship, Jane becomes obsessed with finding the genetic marker to the disease that threatens both their families. But if she succeeds in making history, will she and her sister have the courage to face the truth this newfound knowledge could hold for their lives? A Perfect Life is a novel of scientific and self discovery, about learning how to embrace life and love, no matter what may come. Eileen Pollack conjures a thought-provoking, emotionally resonant story of one woman’s brilliance and bravery as she confronts her deepest fears and desires—and comes to accept the inevitable and the unexpected.
Building: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Type: Other
Tags: Books, Literature, Writing
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Author's Forum, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of English Language and Literature, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program