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Catherine is a troubled young woman who has been caring for her father, Robert, a brilliant but mentally unstable mathematician who has recently died. Highly emotional, Catherine is also worried about her own mental health. For instance she finds herself talking often to her deceased father.
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A former student of her father's comes to examine her father's papers hoping to find valuable material in his notebooks. Over the weekend that he is there a romance blossoms. He also finds a notebook that contains a very important mathematical discovery. The question of whose work is in the notebook is raised. Catherine claims it is her notebook. It is clear that Catherine has inherited her father's mathematical genius. Her problem is that she is unsure if she has also inherited his madness as well.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   eccentric nature Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   father

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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