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Intuition

By: Allegra Goodman
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
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Publisher's summary

Hailed as “a writer of uncommon clarity” by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled listeners with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved best sellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive.

So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff’s rigorous colleague - and girlfriend - Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it.

With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.

©2006 Allegra Goodman (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic reviews

"Extremely engaging....A truly humanist novel from the supposedly antiseptic halls of science." (Publishers Weekly)

"Goodman's characters and story are luxuriously imagined....[She] meticulously charts the insidiousness of doubt, showing how it metastasizes." (Newsday)

"Goodman's sympathetic yet floundering characters are compelling, their conflicts provocative, and her writing spellbinding....Vivid, incisive, and funny." (Booklist)

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A Few High Spots

Sadly, there were only a few high spots in this book. Cancer research is a fascinating topic, however I found the characters to be shallow and tediously predictable. The foreign accents were a bit hard to believe and consequently were distracting.

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Morality in a Cancer Research Lab

I had to read this book for a science fiction literature class in college and I ended up loving it! I thought it was interesting and it didn't have dull areas. The character development was great and I love the ending too. Great read!

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