Long for This World by Michael Byers
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Dr Henry Moss is a decent, committed physician whose life's work is the study of a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid ageing in children. Moss discovers a cure for the syndrome that could earn him millions and save the life of a beloved patient, but he must act quickly - and illegally.
 

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Published March 18, 2004 by Granta Books. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Building his story around Moss’s unethical use of the miracle gene to help the wonderfully winning William Durbin, a Hickman child nearing the end of his expected life span, first-novelist Byers (stories: The Coast of Good Intentions, 1998) includes the lesser but absolutely real dilemmas faced b...

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Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam Cape £12.99, pp372 Long for This World by Michael Byers Granta £15.99, pp244 Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fourth Estate £12.99, pp320 Colin McAdam's first novel, Some Great Thing, is set in Ottawa, Canada's capital and a place lacking both the franc...

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With infinite tiny, prosaic and precise brush strokes, Byers depicts not only this riveting dilemma but also Moss's relationship with his family: his wry, critical Austrian wife, Ilse, his clownish, good-hearted 14-year-old son, Darren, and his 17-year-old daughter, Sandra, a talented basketball ...

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Book Reporter

The first Michael Byers book I ever read was his debut collection of short stories, THE COAST OF GOOD INTENTIONS, a treasure trove of delicate stories about the Pacific Northwest (where I was born, raised and continue to live).

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Entertainment Weekly

''The newspapers were full of a constant old-fashioned boosterism, hooray for Boeing and Microsoft and Amazon, hooray for all of us!'' Hooray for the author's grand scope and compassionate voice.

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It is the same kind of love that one feels toward life and the human condition, love that is carried and suffered like some dreadful disease.

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