Matters Of Chance: A Novel by Gail AlbertMatters Of Chance: A Novel by Gail Albert

Matters Of Chance: A Novel

byGail Albert

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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This searing novel, a National Book Award finalist, “transforms one woman’s experience with cancer into a work of vision and intelligence” (The Washington Post).

“I am thirty-four years old, married, a professor of neurobiology; I have two sons, aged nine and seven. I grew up in Brownsville and I left it behind, and I was diagnosed as having cancer in January. I know that these facts are connected; I have yet to understand how.”

Mona’s perfect world is shattered by sudden and serious illness—leaving her searching her past for answers. Fate has led her from a tough Brooklyn girlhood to a happy marriage with a wonderful man, but what has she forgotten along the way? In this classic New York novel of the 1980s, as Mona struggles to understand her own life story, she uncovers the shocking memory of a murder and traces the shape of her own mortality.

This stunning work was a finalist for the National Book Award for First Novel; now, its brilliant, ambitious exploration of an unfinished life is about to be discovered by a new generation of readers.
Gail Albert is a writer, licensed psychologist, photographer, and certified teacher of Jewish mystical and meditative practice. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Matters of Chance was a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate Selection and a National Book Award finalist for First Novel. Her other books include The Other Side...
Title:Matters Of Chance: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Open Road MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1480419591

ISBN - 13:9781480419599


Editorial Reviews

“If I could write a novel as good as that, I’d feel my job was done.” —The Wall Street Journal“[Albert’s] narrative voice sustains its authenticity. . . . Being resourceful as well as honest, it will undoubtedly have other stories to tell.” —The New York Times“Albert stares unblinkingly at a subject that arouses secret fears in all of us and transforms one woman’s experience with cancer into a work of vision and intelligence.” —The Washington Post“A gallery of memorable characters emerges from these pages. . . . The interweaving of past and present flows with a seamless ease that captures the very texture of Mona’s life.” —Newsday