The Curiosity

Paperback | July 9, 2013

byStephen P. Kiernan

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The Time Traveler’s Wife meets Michael Crichton in a powerful debut novel about a man frozen in ice for more than a century, who reawakens in the present day

When Dr. Kate Philo and her exploration team discover what appears to be a seal frozen in an Arctic iceberg, they believe they have made a momentous breakthrough in their research. Kate is part of the Lazarus Project, run by the egocentric genius Erastus Carthage. To date they have brought small creatures like plankton and shrimp “back to life”—for one tenth of a creature’s natural lifespan. As the underwater excavation begins, Kate and her team realize it is not a seal they have found, but a man. Carthage orders that the man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. They learn that he was—is—Jeremiah Rice, a man born in 1868, whose last memory is of falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. Kate befriends Jeremiah while the media hound him, religious conservatives accuse the Lazarus Project of blasphemy, and the world at large suspects the entire enterprise is a massive fraud. Meanwhile, Kate has fallen in love with Jeremiah, the clock is ticking, and Jeremiah’s new life is slipping away.

In this gripping, original thriller, the very nature of humanity is examined as it never has been before: man as a scientific subject, as the prey of tabloids, and as a living being—a curiosity.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife meets Michael Crichton in a powerful debut novel about a man frozen in ice for more than a century, who reawakens in the present dayWhen Dr. Kate Philo and her exploration team discover what appears to be a seal frozen in an Arctic iceberg, they believe they have made a momentous breakthrough in their research....

Stephen P. Kiernan is a journalist and a graduate of Middlebury College, with an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written two works of nonfiction—Last RightsandAuthentic Patriotism—that promote better end-of-life care and civic engagement, and hi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416304

ISBN - 13:9781443416306

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?Smart, heady, and irresistible?. Kiernan gets every element right in this breakneck, entertaining, and thought-provoking tale about time, mortality, the ethics of science, and the meaning of life.? ?Booklist (starred review)?A true page-turner, mixing cutting-edge science with an all-too-human love story?. One of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again.? ?Justin Cronin, author of The Passage and The Twelve?Cinematic and moving?a delicious read.? ?Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything and How Happy to Be?As thought-provoking and powerful as Flowers for Algernon, and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful. And that ending? Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect.? ?Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives, Secrets of Eden, and The Double Bind ()