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The Echo Maker
RICHARD POWERS

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
136 reviews (2006) (464p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Finalist
National Book Award Winner

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Book Description
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.  Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.


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Generosity by Richard Powers
29 reviews (2009) (304p) (ALA)
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The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
47 reviews (2003) (640p) (NBCCA)
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Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers
59 reviews (1995) (336p) (NBCCA)
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Operation Wandering Soul by Richard Powers
10 reviews (1993) (352p) (NBA)
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The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
50 reviews (1991) (640p) (NBCCA)
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Three Farmers On Their Way To A Dance by Richard Powers
20 reviews (1985) (352p) (NBCCA)
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Richard Powers Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 8  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 7  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Echo Maker ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 4 Galatea 2.2 · The Gold Bug Variations · The Time of Our Singing · Three Farmers On Their Way To A Dance ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 The Echo Maker ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Operation Wandering Soul · The Echo Maker ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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