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Oct 07, 2014
| ISBN 9780345804624
Jan 07, 2014
| ISBN 9780385537261
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Oct 07, 2014 | ISBN 9780345804624
Jan 07, 2014 | ISBN 9780385537261
Mia’s happy marriage is shattered when a brain tumor begins to change her husband’s personality beyond recognition. As Frederik becomes ever more a stranger before her eyes, the revelation that he has used his position as headmaster to mbezzle millions from his school’s treasury turns Mia’s private crisis into one that involves the community. But this disgraceful crime could become Mia’s salvation: working with a defense lawyer to build Frederik’s case, they wrestle with the latest brain research, the question of free will—and their growing attraction to each other. Consumed by her new obsessions, Mia must reexamine everything she thought she knew about her marriage, and herself, as she too starts to change. . . .
A riveting psychological drama that challenges the way we understand others—and our own sense of selfMia is a schoolteacher in Denmark. Her husband, Frederik, is the charismatic headmaster of a local private school. During a vacation on Majorca, they discover that a brain tumor has started to change Frederik’s personality. As it becomes harder and harder for Mia to recognize him, she must protect herself and their teenage son from the strange, blunted being who now inhabits her husband’s body—and with whom she must share her home, her son, and her bed.When millions of crowns go missing at the private school, Frederik is the obvious culprit, and Mia’s private crisis quickly draws in the entire community. Frederick’s new indifference and lack of inhibition rupture long-standing friendships, isolating Mia and making her question who Frederik really is. Was the tumor already affecting him during the years they had been so happy together? And does it excuse Frederik from fraud?Mia enlists the help of a lawyer named Bernhard, whom she meets in a support group for spouses of people with brain injuries. As they prepare Frederik’s defense, the two of them wrestle with the latest brain research, the age-old question of free will—and their growing attraction to each other.Jungersen’s lithe prose and unexpected plot twists will keep readers hooked until the very last page.
Christian Jungersen’s first novel, Undergrowth, won the Best First Novel Award in Denmark in 1999 and became a bestseller. His next novel, The Exception, won two of Denmark’s highest literary awards, remained on the bestseller list there for nearly two years, and has… More about Christian Jungersen
“Provocative. . . . [A] tensely executed thriller.” —The Wall Street Journal“You Disappear is not just a well-told story, but a dramatic recalibrating of what it means to have a mind—and a soul.” —Dara Horn, author of The World to Come“Jungersen’s prose is alternately spare and lyrical, making this a page-turner where entire passages stay with you.” —LitReactor“With incredible insight, Jungersen expresses the inner thoughts most people won’t say out loud after a loved one’s brain injury. I tore through this story page by page, relating to each and every complex emotion driven by unforeseen circumstances, as lives are thrown out of control.” —BrainLine.org“Thought-provoking. . . . An intriguing read.” —Booklist “Brilliant. . . . Mia begins to suspect that many people around her suffer from brain damage, leaving the reader with an exciting sense of unease. ” —Publishers Weekly “This fast-paced, well-researched literary suspense novel keeps readers hooked until the final page. . . . Superb.” —Library JournalPraise for Christian Jungersen“Jungersen’s sparse, Danish approach to language is effective . . . leaving us with a humming tension.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “An argument can probably be made that some of the best recent Nordic writing has been detective fiction. . . . Jungersen stakes out a path all his own.” —The New Yorker “Excellent on so many things. . . . There is a hugely empathetic imagination behind [The Exception], one that resists allowing us to fall into the simplifying judgments that are a necessary prelude to cruelty. Its characters seem deeply true to life.” —The New York Times Book Review“Jungersen . . . writes evocatively and perceptively about sensitive topics, and offers provocative theories about what makes each of us who we are.” —Mostly Fiction
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