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By Jonathan Franzen

Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes at the North Shore) and extraordinary good fortune: the 1st one kills his grandmother. Louis attempts to keep up his independence, yet falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries in regards to the earthquakes' reason complicate everything.

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