A wise and richly symphonic first novel, Long for This World is a thoroughly contemporary family drama that hinges on a riveting medical dilemma. Dr. Henry Moss is a dedicated geneticist who stumbles upon a possible cure for a disease that causes rapid aging and early death in children. Although his discovery may hold the key to eternal youth, exploiting it is an ethical minefield. Henry must make a painful choice: he can save the life of a critically ill boy he has grown to love — at the cost of his career — or he can sell his findings for a fortune to match the wealth of his dot-com-rich Seattle neighbors. Henry turns to his family for support, and in their intimately detailed lives unfolds a story of unforgettable characters grappling with their own demons.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Michael Byers’s story collection The Coast of Good Intentions won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Long for This World was featured on the History Channel's “Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine.” The recipient of a Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award, Byers lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of my favorites. A doctor struggles with a patient, and his reaseach, while dealing with family issues.
I thought this was going to be an excellent book. There is far too much story on the kids and I'm so tired of foul language. I'm on page 266 and this is where it ends for me, I'm not plugging through to page 432.
Reading the book jacket, I expected a couldn't-put-it-down type of well-written (this book won several awards) fiction. In my estimation, Byers missed the mark by having too many side bars (enough already with the confused, teen-aged kids who talked and thought like 30-somethings!) and his running commentary on his disdain for the got-rich-quick Seattle dot commers wore on me after awhile. The ending TOTALLY disappointed -- it was almost like Byers had a great subject (the potential cure for a fatal but rare genetic disease) but didn't quite know how to deal with it. I read it through but by the time I reached the ending, I felt cheated.