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“With this extraordinary novel, Ethan Canin now takes his place on the high wire with the best writers of his time.”—Pat Conroy

“A tremendous literary achievement.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A blazingly intelligent novel." —The Los Angeles Times

"A book that raises the bar for novelists."—Lit Hub

“A masterful writer at his transcendent best.”—BBC

"Elegant and devastating...exquisitely odd and completely captivating novel."NPR's Fresh Air

"Staggeringly ambitious and remarkably realized...a story of majestic sweep."—Paste

"A work of exquisite and enduring beauty."—Bookreporter

"A gem."—People (book of the week)

"Ethan Canin has done something extraordinary: he has written a spellbinding novel about math."Kirkus

"551 Pages of Blissdevastating and wonderful… come away from the book wanting to reevaluate your choices and your relationships. It’s a rare book that can do that, and it’s a rare joy to discover such a book."Esquire

"This is big, serious, completely involving fiction of a kind rarely written today"The Guardian Books

"No knowledge of proofs or theorems is required to enjoy Ethan Canin’s excellent eighth novel. He treats math alternately like elegant poetry or infuses it with crackling energy."—Christian Science Monitor

"Canin’s fifth novel is brilliant – it’s the sort of book that used to be called “a major novel”....This is fiction at its most ambitious and seductive – for all its length and intellectual complexity, A Doubter’s Almanac speeds by with effortless grace. On every page Canin’s humane, precise prose offers marvels. A Doubter’s Almanac is fiction as it should be – rich, compassionate, gripping, and true."—Sunday Business Post (Dublin)

"Math Made Beautiful...Ethan Canin writes with such luxuriant beauty and tender sympathy that even victims of Algebra II will follow his calculations of the heart with rapt comprehension."—The Washington Post

"Alternately explosive and deeply interior."—-NY Magazine, Eight Books You Need to Read

"[A] beautifully written novel."—-The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"Brilliant."The Guardian

"Epic . . . thoroughly absorbing . . . a nuanced, heartbreaking portrait of a tortured mathematician . . . A harrowing, poignant read about the blessing and curse of genius.”—Booklist (starred review)

"Cause for celebration! ...A fantastic multigenerational novel about a family of geniuses who discover the sometimes painful costs of living with brilliance."—BookRiot

"Dazzlingly part intellectual thriller, one part domestic saga."—The Huffington Post

"A masterpiece."—The Daily Mail (UK)

"I have never encountered prose that renders this world so beautifully: the field [of mathematics] ceases to be a language and series of figures we don’t understand and becomes a subject for which we have a nearly physical understanding....A Doubter’s Almanac makes clear that no matter how blind we are in some ways, we are still able, in other ways, to see."—Fiction Writers Review

"Masterful...a work of impressive ambition, operating on a truly epic scale. Moving across seven decades, it is a tale that exquisitely details the zeniths and nadirs of true genius."—The Maine Edge

Amazon's Best Book of the Month #1 Spotlight Pick

A Barnes & Noble Top Pick

An Indie Next pick

An Apple iBooks best of the month selection

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