Ethan Canin Explores the Cost of Great Achievement in 'A Doubter's Almanac'

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 (Nina Subin)

A lonely boy discovers his genius for mathematics in the woods of Cheboygan, Michigan. Years later, his brilliance is world-renowned, but he develops a crippling addiction to alcohol. As his life unravels, his equally-gifted son starts down the same tortured road of substance abuse. Can this pattern be broken? Or is self-destruction the inevitable fate of great minds? Author Ethan Canin takes on the questions of genius, addiction and family in his new novel, "A Doubter's Almanac."


Ethan Canin, author, "A Doubter's Almanac"