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The DNA of You and Me - by Andrea Rothman (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Literary

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Age Range: Adult

Author: Andrea Rothman

Language: English

Street Date: March 12, 2019
TCIN: 54370885
UPC: 9780062857811
Item Number (DPCI): 248-73-7373
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



Hired by an employer who does not reveal the competitive nature of the job, graduate student Emily is forced to choose between her career and her heart when she falls for an unsuspected rival.



Book Synopsis



"Refreshing.... Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor."--Real Simple

A powerful debut novel--a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine--that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love.

Emily Apell arrives in Justin McKinnon's renowned research lab with the single-minded goal of making a breakthrough discovery. But a colleague in the lab, Aeden Doherty, has been working on a similar topic, and his findings threaten to compete with her research.

To Emily's surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden, and when they end up working together their animosity turns to physical passion, followed by love. Emily eventually allows herself to envision a future with Aeden, but when he decides to leave the lab it becomes clear to her that she must make a choice. It is only years later, when she is about to receive a prestigious award for the work they did together, that Emily is able to unravel everything that happened between them.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.



From the Back Cover



"I'm asking you to choose me, Emily. That's what I'm asking you to do, to choose us."

How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons reach their targets in the brain, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired Emily Apell to study that question. What Justin hasn't told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research.

Emily was born focused and driven. She's always been more comfortable staring down the barrel of a microscope than making small talk with strangers. Competition doesn't scare her. Her special place is the lab, where she analyzes DNA sequences, looking for new genes that might be involved in guiding olfactory neurons to their targets.

To Emily's great surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden. As they shift from competitors to colleagues, and then to something more, Emily allows herself to see a future in which she doesn't end up alone. But when Aeden decides to leave the lab, it becomes clear to Emily that she must make a choice: follow her research or follow her heart.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.



Review Quotes




"The DNA of You and Me is a gorgeous novel exploring the intersection of love and science."--Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts

"The DNA of You and Me is a delightful journey through experiments--both in science and in love. I loved following Emily's quest to find the perfect strand of DNA, and the perfect boyfriend. You can't help but root for her!"--Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home

"A debut novel by a scientist that makes the lab feel like a real place....The pleasure of this novel lies in Rothman's sincere, straightforward, unpretentious prose wracked with the loneliness of young love."--Kirkus Reviews

"Powerful...a surprisingly literary love story set against the clinical, sterile, and cutthroat environment of an academic research lab."--Library Journal (starred review)

"This sharp debut...sets a bittersweet love story within the cut-throat world of academic research, a great pairing [Rothman] explores with heart, smarts, and a lot of furtive sex... It's Rothman's aching study of loneliness, heartbreak and forgiveness that resonate."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Refreshing...Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor."--Real Simple

"Andrea Rothman's debut novel is both a fine and necessary accomplishment. Emily is memorable in this tale of the anguish and splendor of a thoroughly modern woman. We look forward to more from this original and courageous writer."--Xu Xi, author of That Man in Our Lives and Habit of a Foreign Sky

"Rothman's debut novel is a fierce and eloquent exploration of what it is to be a woman working in STEM - a scientist in the cut-throat world of cutting-edge research and academia....This one's a powerful literary page-turner."--Leah Kaminsky, author of The Waiting Room
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