The Path of Minor Planets

The Path of Minor Planets

by Andrew Sean Greer


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In 1965, on a small island in the South Pacific, a group of astronomers gathers to witness the passing of a comet, but when a young boy dies during a meteor shower, the lives of the scientists and their loved-ones change in subtle yet profound ways. The quietly brilliant Denise struggles for respect in her professional life; well liked and married Eli becomes increasingly attracted to Denise and her quixotic mind; and young, careless Lydia attempts to escape the scientists' long-casting shadows.

Visiting the friends every six years - as the comet approaches its nearest and furthest points from the sun - Andrew Sean Greer's remarkable and sweeping first novel is an exploration into chances taken and lost, of love found and broken, and of time's subtle gravitational pull on the lives of everyday and extraordinary people.

Author Biography: Andrew Sean Greer is the author of the critically acclaimed and award winning story collection How It Was For Me. His fiction has appeared in such publications as Esquire, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Story. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571260232
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a Best Book of the Year by both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. 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.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

November 21, 1970

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A. in English, Brown University, 1992; M.F.A . in Fiction, University of Montana, 1996

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Path of Minor Planets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this last weekend and it kept me up late. I thought of The Good Soldier, by Ford Maddox Ford, not because it's particularly sad, but because I was putty in the narrator's hands. Best book I've read all year, and believe me, I've read plenty.
aliciaaa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a well-researched interesting glimpse into the life of a few scientists from the West Coast. Gives a very depressing, sad look on life. Overall, an interesting read, if you have time.
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