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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl X
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
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    Aug 2006, 528 pages
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    Apr 2007, 528 pages

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In person Marisha is described as straightforward and unpretentious". A close friend writes that "she's not this person who speaks above peoples' heads". Her husband describes her as "perhaps the most driven person, the most goal-orientated person, when it came to her novel, that I have ever met."

When asked why she chose to write a mystery she replies, "I love the circuitous routes a character has to take to find the truth, and surprise endings."

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