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particles and luck Trade paperback - 1994

by jones, louis

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Mark Perdue is a young physicist who has been catapulted into fame and fortune by nothing other than good luck. His neighbor, Roger Hoberman, has seen only luck's downside. Now, luck--in the form of an adverse property claim--is about to bring them together in this transcendently wise comedy of manners and epistemology.


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  • Title particles and luck
  • Author jones, louis
  • Binding Trade Paperback
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 320
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Date 1994-06-28
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 443844
  • ISBN 9780679745990 / 0679745998
  • Weight 0.91 lbs (0.41 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.54 x 5.48 x 0.8 in (21.69 x 13.92 x 2.03 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Humorous stories, Physicists
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 93043715
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

Media reviews

"Hilarious ... gracefully written...[Jones] has created a quirky but wholly real work in which to examine themes of fate and coincidence in a seemingly effortless manner.... Every character can be experienced with shifting feelings of tenderness and exasperation, hope and despair."

-- Chicago Tribune

Mark Perdue and Roger Hoberman have nothing in common -- except the joy of adjoining yards. Mark is a whiz-kid physicist who knows that his "genius" stature and his endowed chair at Berkeley are bits Of dumb luck; Roger is the owner of a pizza franchise whose luck has turned dumb -- in financial and marital distress, he has been denied child visitation rights but not babysitting obligations.

Now luck, in the form of an adverse claim on their property, brings Mark and Roger together for a fateful Halloween night neither of them will ever forget. Loony, humane, and transcendently wise, Particles and Luck is an irresistible comedy of manners and epistemology.

"A lovely and invigorating novel...a domestic farce and social satire. Jones writes [an] engaging novelistic equivalent of a unified field theory -- in this case, a link between the human heart and the behavior of subatomic particles."

-- Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"Jones is the real thing -- a writer with something to say and his own way of saying it."

-- Scott Turow

About the author

Louis B. Jones is the author of several novels, including Ordinary Money and Particles and Luck. He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. He has also worked as a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges around the country. Jones lives in California with his family.