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Thomas Jones: Blurbs and puffs, 20 July 2006

... launch themselves into the void of assertion and hyperbole. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl, for example, due in September from Viking, is ‘an erudite and darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel, combining the storytelling gifts of Donna Tartt and the suspense of Hitchcock’. If you don’t trust the publicity department, and ...

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Joanna Biggs: Geek lit, 21 September 2006

Special Topics in Calamity Physics 
by Marisha Pessl.
Viking, 514 pp., £16.99, September 2006, 0 670 91607 2
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... be one line ahead of everyone else. This is the advantage given to Blue Van Meer, the narrator of Marisha Pessl’s first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Blue’s mother died in a car crash when she was five, leaving Blue with her father, Gareth. He’s a political science professor whose ‘impeccable 12-page curriculum vitae’ gains ...

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