Love this book. And I hate science.
But this book is about people. What I enjoyed was Allegra Goodman's empathy, her constant care for her characters, so no one was a villain, and there were no heroes or clear villains.
I didn't agree with all of Robin Decker's maneuvers, but I did empathize with her. She was not an unkind person, and she had always played by the rules. I understand her frustration, and her determination, but I couldn't always endorse the direction that she was heading although sometimes that is the only way.
Of all the characters, I empathized most with Marion Mendelssohn, who was a true scientist. She didn't have a perfect marriage though her husband adored her, and wanted nothing more than for her to succeed. Marion's lab partner, Sandy Glass, also wanted her to succeed. Marion was brilliant enough to cause others to usurp her work, though she could be at times difficult. But she was a true scientist with so much integrity. She couldn't fathom anyone deceiving her, and she couldn't forgive those who felt conflicted about telling her the truth.
This is a great book. Beautifully written. So interesting and written with such care for the characters. A fabulous read. From start to finish.