Ship Fever: Stories (Paperback)
The National Book Award–winning collection about the love of science and the science of love.
These elegant short stories take their impulse from the world of science, weaving together the historical and fictional. In “The English Pupil,” Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. In “The Littoral Zone,” two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. And in the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history’s most tragic epidemics. Set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century, these eight exquisite tales illuminate the secret passions of those driven by a devotion to, and an intimate acquaintance with, the natural world.
About the Author
Andrea Barrett is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including the National Book Award–winning Ship Fever and Pulitzer Prize finalist Servants of the Map. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the Story Prize and a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story. Having lived in Rochester, New York, and western Massachusetts, Barrett now resides in the Adirondacks.
Beautiful…In Barrett’s hands, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange, and thrilling fictional material.
— Boston Globe
The title novella is devastating: as with every story here, you enter right into it, and cannot entirely leave it behind.
— The New Yorker
[Barrett's] work stands out for its sheer intelligence…The overall effect is quietly dazzling.
— Thomas Mallon - New York Times Book Review