Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby

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Theodore Mead Fegley has always been the smartest person he knows. By age 12, he was in high school, and by 15 he was attending a top-ranking university. And now, at the tender age of 18, he's on the verge of proving the Riemann Hypothesis, a mathematical equation that has mystified academics for almost 150 years. But only days before graduation, Mead suddenly packs his bags and flees home to rural Illinois. What has caused him to flee remains a mystery to all but Mead and a classmate whose quest for success has turned into a dangerous obession.

At home, Mead finds little solace. His past ghosts haunt him; his parents don't understand the agony his genius has caused him, nor his desire to be a normal kid, and his dreams seem crushed forever. He embarks on a new life's journey -- learning the family business of selling furniture and embalming the dead--that disappoints and surprises all who knew him as "the young Fegley genius."

Equal parts academic thriller and poignant coming-of-age story, LIFE AFTER GENIUS follows the remarkable journey of a young man who must discover that the heart may know what the head hasn't yet learned.
 

About M. Ann Jacoby

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M. Ann Jacoby has been an art director at Penguin Group USA for the past 20 years. LIFE AFTER GENIUS is her first novel.
 
Published October 11, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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He also grapples with a potent rival: Herman Weinstein, a well-connected and diabolical fellow student determined to undermine Mead’s efforts to prove a 150-year-old algebraic conundrum called the Riemann Hypothesis.

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A first novel takes a brilliant, troubled and terribly young mathematician off to college and back.

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