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The Tenth Muse

A Novel

by Catherine Chung

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The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
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    Jun 2019, 304 pages

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A moving character study of a female mathematician struggling to contend with professional adversity and a complex past.

Introspective and affecting, Catherine Chung's The Tenth Muse charts one Chinese-American woman's fraught attempt to succeed in a field dominated by sexism and racism. Taking place over the course of the second half of the 20th century, the story follows Katherine from birth to adulthood as she discovers a love for mathematics and struggles to find her place in a lineage of female mathematicians. While it faithfully conforms to the conventions of literary realism, Chung's gift for compelling storytelling makes the work feel memorable and imaginative.

The novel opens with an elderly Katherine reflecting on her childhood spent in the small town of New Umbria, Michigan during the 1950s. As the precocious daughter of a Jewish father and Chinese mother living in a conservative area, she reflects, "I never really fit in." She has few friends as a child, and her parents are emotionally ...

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