Singer Distance


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$27.95  $25.99
Tin House Books
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5.87 X 8.7 X 1.04 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Ethan Chatagnier's stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, and New England Review, and been listed as notable in The Best American Short Stories. A Pushcart Prize winner, he is the author of the story collection Warnings from the Future and lives in Fresno, California, with his family.


Singer Distance is a surprising, captivating, surpassingly intelligent novel, and I mean it as a great compliment when I say that I'm not quite sure where it came from. The narrator who leads us through its pages insists that he is one of the world's carpenters rather than one of its architects, but the reality that surrounds him is extraordinary, and so too, therefore, is his story. On the macroscale, it's a story about the interpersonal pathways that connect one planet to another and the interplanetary gaps that separate one heart from another; on the microscale, about what it feels like to occupy a single life, and how difficult it is to tell, when you're in the middle of it, whether that life is being wasted or fulfilled.--Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Ghost Variations
An achingly beautiful look at living in the shadow of genius, science, math, and loving the difficult to love. Chatagnier looks at the sky and people with equal wonder, and the result is deeply moving. Singer Distance is a book for readers of Sagan, lovers of paradoxes, anyone who has ever looked up. This truly gorgeous novel will live with me for a long time.--Erika Swyler, author of Light from Other Stars
Ethan Chatagnier's Singer Distance is one of the rarest and best kinds of novels: a truly thrilling story driven by big ideas and bold writing, whose gripping mysteries only deepen as the plot thickens. You won't see the stars and the planets above the same way once you've experienced this unforgettable book. You won't look at our Earth the same way either.--Matt Bell, author of Appleseed
Singer Distance pulled me in from the very first page. I fell in love with the characters--who are full of mettle, vitality, and human chaos--and the audacity of the book's alternate history, wherein contact has been made with a civilization on Mars, but that contact leaves humanity with more questions than answers about the nature of the universe. This book is a love song to our desire for understanding, the scientific drive for progress, and the thread of faith that runs through both. An outstanding debut novel.--Adrienne Celt, author of End of the World House
Imaginative and brainy, this is a beautifully written book about one of my favorite subjects: extraordinary possibilities.--Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers
An inventive and heartfelt novel about the search to understand both the universe and ourselves. The best sort of mystery, one with big ideas at its center.--Kate Hope Day, author of In the Quick
The best kind of literary sci-fi, the kind of novel that makes the reader appreciate the mystery and beauty of our little, infinite universe.-- "The Millions"
Exquisite. . . . Its turns are both intelligent and magical, and its surprises are heartbreaking and boundary-testing. . . . The most arresting science fiction novel in recent memory.-- "Foreword Reviews, Starred Review"
Lyrical writing and a suspenseful story.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Soaring. . . . Excellent. . . . The elements of astronomy, numerology, love, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life are structured perfectly. . . . Readers are in for a memorable adventure.-- "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"
Blending mathematics, theoretical physics, philosophy, and passion, Chatagnier has concocted a compelling science fiction yarn that will also appeal to general fiction readers.-- "Booklist"
Clever.-- "Vulture"
A worthy addition to books that revisit the past with some property of the natural world fundamentally altered, like several Ted Chiang stories [and] Catherynne M. Valente's Radiance.-- ""
Nifty. . . . Singer Distance feels like a recent, character-driven indie film in the vein of Safety Not Guaranteed or Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.-- "Philadelphia Inquirer"
At once intimate and universal. . . . Uses artfully sketched characters to explore the difficulties of meaningful connection--not just with far-away planets, but also with each other. If you are a huge fan of Erica Swyler's Light from Other Stars, be sure to give this one a go.-- "Mystery Scene Magazine"
Captivating. . . . perfectly blends genres throughout the page-turning plot.-- "Debutiful"
Richly drawn and explores a heartfelt perspective on the theme of connection.-- "PopSugar"
Atmospheric. . . . an exploration of ambition, loneliness, and love.-- "DailyHive"
Compelling.-- "Library Journal"
Resonant and beguiling.--Ken Kalfus
Absorbing. . . . Timeless. . . . a beautiful musing on science and philosophy and how to measure physical and emotional distance.-- "Historical Novel Society"