In science and in life, we are all seekers. Or so Andrea Barrett suggests in her fine new book of stories. We search for clarity amid confusion and for truths obscured by tradition or emotion, and when we find what we’re looking for, we are dazzled.
“It changes everything, doesn’t it?” marvels a previously skeptical young teacher in “The Island,” upon reading Darwin’s theory of evolution for the first time. Barrett provides that same thrilling thunderbolt of discovery: When you read her elegant, thought-provoking work, you travel back to a time of wonder and possibility that you never want to leave.
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