The Echo Maker Richard Powers' new novel, a mad symphony on the fragility of human identity, begins when 27-year-old Mark Schluter crashes his truck on a rural Nebraska… The Echo Maker Richard Powers' new novel, a mad symphony on the fragility of human identity, begins when 27-year-old Mark Schluter crashes his truck on a rural Nebraska… 2006-10-03 Fiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

The Echo Maker (2006)

The Echo Maker | WHO AM I? A car accident sets off a chain of identity crises in Powers' new novel
WHO AM I? A car accident sets off a chain of identity crises in Powers' new novel
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Writer: Richard Powers; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Richard Powers' new novel, a mad symphony on the fragility of human identity, begins when 27-year-old Mark Schluter crashes his truck on a rural Nebraska road. He awakens convinced that his sister Karin — a vulnerable woman, desperately attached to her only brother — is an imposter. Mark's condition — Capgras syndrome — brings to town an Oliver Sacks-like neurologist, who, after the flop of his latest book, is beginning to question his own carefully cultivated identity. There's far too much happening in The Echo Maker (an environmental kerfuffle, several romances, a mystery woman), but the chaotic novel is nonetheless one of the year's most engrossing.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints
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