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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date April 1, 1999
Pages 263
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374184056
ISBN-10 0374184054
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Grace Davitt, a young girl living with her family in a small lakeside Vermont town, is drawn ever deeper into her mother's bizarre world of obsession and myth, despite the efforts of her father, a dedicated rationalist. A first novel. Tour.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A spare, bewitching debut that explores the delicate line separating science from myth and creativity from madness.

Last Things tells the story of Grace Davitt, an eight-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small lakeside town in Vermont. Her mother, Anna, an ornithologist, once saw a monster in this lake, which she believes may be a dinosaur that has somehow escaped extinction. Each morning, she photographs the dark water, hoping it will reappear. To Grace, the monster is more evidence that the world is full of mysterious things most people will never see. From her boy-genius baby-sitter, she has learned about invisible black holes from which no one can escape. From her mother, she has heard about the hyena men of Africa who devour their wives in their sleep. From The Encyclopedia of the Unexplained, she has learned about children raised by wolves and men who suddenly burst into flames.

It is only Grace's father, a dedicated rationalist, who teaches her that the world is, in fact, well ordered and reasonable. For him the only truth is science, and, increasingly, he finds himself shut out by Anna as she draws Grace deeper and deeper into a strange world of myth and obsession.

Touching on extinction, madness, the breakdown of family, and, intriguingly, the way science can encourage contradictory readings of the world, Last Things will surely be hailed as one of the most assured and lyrical first novels of the year.

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Hardcover
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The price comparison is for this edition
from Farrar Straus & Giroux (April 1, 1999)
9780374184056 | details & prices | 263 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Grace Davitt, a young girl living with her family in a small lakeside Vermont town, is drawn ever deeper into her mother's bizarre world of obsession and myth, despite the efforts of her father, a dedicated rationalist
Paperback
Book cover for 9780747545989 Book cover for 9781101872079
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (March 17, 2015)
9781101872079 | details & prices | 263 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.95
New edition from Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (July 3, 2000)
9780747545989 | details & prices | 213 pages | List price $14.55
About: To eight-year-old Grace, the world is full of mysterious things that most people will never see.
Reprint edition from Delta (May 1, 2000)
9780385334952 | details & prices | 264 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $19.00
About: Grace Davitt, a young girl living with her family in a small lakeside Vermont town, is drawn ever deeper into her mother's bizarre world of obsession and myth, despite the efforts of her father, a dedicated rationalist.

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