It is 1985. Greta Wells is undergoing electroshock therapy to treat her depression in the wake of two devastating losses – the death of her twin brother, and the end of a long love affair. But the “disorientation” her physician warned her about is a bit more than mental confusion. She seems to be knocked into different times – 1918 and 1941 – and living two additional lives where her brother, Felix is still living and her lover, Nathan, still with her. How does the same person respond to three different realities? Andrew Sean Greer’s novel is a beautifully written and thought provoking study of fate, choices, and what might have been.
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an "inspired, lyrical novel," and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry Award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco
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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room
The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.