They Know Not What They Do

They Know Not What They Do

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Baker & Taylor
When the son he abandoned 20 years ago returns to America to advance his career, Joe Chayefski, one of the nation’s top neuroscientists, fears that he is bent on revenge and struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence, forcing him to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves. Winner of the Finlandia Prize.

Perseus Publishing
"This hugely ambitious work of contemporary realism offers a dramatic warning about the influence of digital culture."
-- Booklist

Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America's top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But his carefully created idyll is threatened when his Baltimore neuroscience lab is targeted by animal rights activists. The attack is followed by a phone call from Joe's ex-wife in Finland. Two decades have passed since he abandoned Alina and their young son, Samuel, returning to America to advance his career. Now Samuel is somewhere in the States, and Alina fears he is looking for revenge.

As Joe struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence – and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company – he is forced to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.
Winner of the 2014 Finlandia Prize, Finland's most prestigious literary award, and with more than 100,000 copies sold there since publication, this dystopian thriller is equal parts Jonathan Franzen, Brave New World and David Mitchell.

Publisher: London :, Oneworld,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781780749648
Branch Call Number: FIC VAL
Characteristics: 482 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: London, Kristian - Translator

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