Saving St. Germ by Carol Muske Dukes
A Novel

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Esme+a7 Charbonneau, a brilliant chemist and dreamer, takes refuge from reality by deconstructing the world around her into its chemical components, and although this habit contributes to her genius, it comes to threaten her marriage, livelihood, and sanity. 10,000 first printing. 12,500 ad/promo.
 

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Published March 9, 1993 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Esme reaches a climax in her theorizing, her personal life reaches a climax of disaster and life becomes a frantic juggling act--before she pins down her theory and discovers the tragic ways in which her daughter's strange behavior and her own forgotten past are intertwined.

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Then her most vital relationship is threatened when her husband, Jay, agrees with the teachers and doctors who want to institutionalize their peculiar but gifted daughter Ollie, a five-year-old who spends most of her time observing the world from inside a cardboard box decorated to look like a te...

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Charbonneau, who tells the story in perfect-pitch first person, is teaching difficult and dreary organic chemistry to snotty undergraduates, having allowed her own research to languish after Ollie was born.

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