Ship Fever and Other Stories by Andrea Barrett

The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams.In Ship Fever, the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history's most tragic epidemics. In The English Pupil, Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in The Littoral Zone, two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it.In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material.

The 2178th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Ship Fever Hardcover 13496979 $67.46
Ship Fever: Stories Paperback 63222 $3.98 $0.01 1996
Ship Fever: Stories Kindle Edition 93084 $9.99 1996
Ship Fever and Other Stories Hardcover 1484898 $39.99 $2.46 1996