Many of the characters who populate Andrea Barrett's National Book Award-winning collection, Ship Fever, feel similarly displaced in the world. They long to prove themselves in both science and love, but are often thwarted by gender, social position, or the prevailing order. In "The Behavior of the Hawkweeds," the wife of a genetics professor has learned that each narrative of discovery is matched by one, if not more, "in which science is not just unappreciated, but bent by loneliness and longing." Barrett's astonishing tales of ambition and isolation convey the meaning and feeling behind the patterns--scientific and emotional--but slip free of easy closure. The two women in "Rare Bird," like the swallows, depart England for more conducive climes, or so the brother of one believes. The reader is left to hope, and imagine. Much has been made of Andrea Barrett's interlacing of history, knowledge, and fact--and rightly so. But equal attention should be paid to the brilliant serenity and exactitude of her style. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Andrea Barrett is a writer I had not heard of before, but I am so glad I picked this collection up. Each short story is extremely well-written and moving in itself, but they work... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tawni
This was my first Andrea Barrett purchase, but not my last. Her stories are wonderful - a great confluence between science and great character development. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J.Palmer
Poignant, lovely stories, often focussed on historical scientists and naturalists. Characters in the stories are beautifully drawn, unique and unforgettable.Published 8 months ago by Nancy Mccollum
Good stories, well written and unpretentious, uncovering secrets from the past and inspiration for the future. Recommend for English Lit class.Published 11 months ago by Kristin Ohman
These stories will not cheer you up. They will not inspire you to seek a career in science. They will not uplift you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by puzzleman
Andrea Barrett writes interlocking stories of aspiration and intellectual adventure, in the context of lives complicated by - life happening. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carl O. Trindle