The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer
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Set in depleted, post-recession suburbia, with its endlessly interlocking cul-de-sacs, mega-parking lots and big box stores, The Infinite Tides tells the story of star astronaut Keith Corcoran's return to earth. Keith comes home from a lengthy mission aboard the International Space Station to find his wife and daughter gone, and a house completely empty of furniture, as if Odysseus had returned to Ithaca to find that everyone he knew had forgotten about him and moved on.

Keith is a mathematical and engineering genius, but he is ill equipped to understand what has happened to him, and how he has arrived at the center of such vacancy. Then, he forges an unlikely friendship with a neighboring Ukrainian immigrant, and slowly begins to reconnect with the world around him. As the two men share their vastly different personal and professional experiences, they paint an indelible and nuanced portrait of modern American life. The result is a deeply moving, tragicomic and ultimately redemptive story of love, loss and resilience, and of two lives lived under the weight of gravity.
 

About Christian Kiefer

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Christian Kiefer earned his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in various national journals including the Antioch Review and Santa Monica Review. He is also an accomplished songwriter and recording artist. He lives in the hill country north of Sacramento with his wife and five sons.
 
Published June 20, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 398 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Everything in his life had telescoped into guilt and bereavement and a kind of emptiness he still did not entirely understand.” Kiefer also develops an imaginative and intriguing cast of characters: Barb, Corcoran’s wife, who initially supported the ambitious and driven man she married;

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Keith Corcoran, “genius” mathematician, engineer, and astronaut working aboard the International Space Station, who discovers during his deployment that his 16-year-old daughter has died in a car wreck and his wife, embroiled in an affair, wants a divorce.

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His psychologist periodically calls, but it’s never clear after the book’s midpoint whether he’s gotten a clean bill of health, has stopped therapy altogether, or is still receiving treatment that Kiefer doesn’t bother to portray.

Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infinite Tides: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

REALITY BITES The Infinite Tides follows an astronaut who returns from a space mission to find his life in ruins, forcing him to embrace the uncertainties of life

Jun 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infinite Tides: A Novel

Denver Post

Kiefer, a poet and English professor, is terrific at describing the details of space travel and the emptiness of grief.Sunny, the heroine of Lydia Netzer's "Shine Shine Shine," is the blondest and sleekest trophy wife in The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer (The Denver Post |

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In particular, there’s a memorable scene in which Keith asks Quinn about a math paradox she was working on, “Hilbert’s Hotel, a puzzle he had forgotten about entirely concerning a hotel with an infinite number of rooms, all of which were full, and the various guests that arrive looking for a vaca...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Gazing up at the heavens together, drinking beer and smoking pot, the two men share their vastly different experiences and slowly reveal themselves to each other, until Keith can begin to confront his loss and begin to forgive himself for decades of only half-living.

Jun 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infinite Tides: A Novel

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If there is one book I would recommend you to read this year, amongst other books as well, but of course, “The Infinite Tides” by Christian Kiefer would be one of them for sure.

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