As She Climbed Across the Table

As She Climbed Across the Table

Book - 1998
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         Anna Karenina left her husband for a dashing officer. Lady Chatterley left hers for the gamekeeper. Now Alice Coombs has her boyfriend for nothing … nothing at all.  Just how that should have come to pass and what Philip Engstrand, Alice’s spurned boyfriend, can do about it is the premise for this vertiginous speculative romance by the acclaimed author of Gun, with Occasional Music.
         Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with taste—tastes; it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock; it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws—because it has no qualities? Ingenious, hilarious, and genuinely mind-expanding, As She Climbed Across the Table is the best boy-meets-girl-meets-void story ever written. 

Baker & Taylor
Professor Philip Engstrand loses the love of his life, a particle physicist named Professor Alice Coombs, to an artificially created nothingness she and her colleagues call Lack, a rift in the universe that acts much like nothing. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Deeply in love with physicist Alice Coombs, professor Philip Engstrand becomes involved in Alice's research into the creation of "Lack," a conscious void in the universe that swallows up things it fancies

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375700125
Branch Call Number: Fiction Lethem
Characteristics: 212 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Jan 03, 2014

I loved the idea of this book, and I loved the premise...but overall it kind of fell flat for me. I found all of the characters unlikable, and the ending disappointing.


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