2014 National Book Award Longlist, Fiction
W. W. Norton & Company
ABOUT THE BOOK
Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab—the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns—has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els—the "Bioterrorist Bach"—pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, Els hatches a plan to turn this disastrous collision with the security state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Powers is the author of eleven novels, including The Echo Maker, Winner of the 2006 National Book Award and Operation Wandering Soul, a 1993 National Book Award Finalist. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Powers is Knight Professor of Creative Writing at Stanford University.