Catching Genius

Catching Genius

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by Kristy Kiernan
     
 

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As children, Connie and Estella were best friends-until Estella was discovered to be a math prodigy, which led to the sisters' estrangement. Now, years later, they are forced to reunite on the Gulf Coast of Florida as they pack up their childhood home and ready it for sale. The reunion comes at a time when both Connie and Estella must come to terms with painful

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As children, Connie and Estella were best friends-until Estella was discovered to be a math prodigy, which led to the sisters' estrangement. Now, years later, they are forced to reunite on the Gulf Coast of Florida as they pack up their childhood home and ready it for sale. The reunion comes at a time when both Connie and Estella must come to terms with painful revelations and devastating consequences in their own lives. And once again, her sister's genius may alter Connie's life in ways she cannot control.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425214350
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
829,190
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.21(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kristy was born in Tennessee and raised on the beaches of southwest Florida, where she still resides with her husband, Richard, and their dog.

Her first novel, Catching Genius, was published in March of 2007 and has become a book club favorite. Her second novel, Matters of Faith, was published in August of 2008 and has garnered great review coverage.

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Catching Genius 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching Genius is an amazing debut by an author who really knows how to capture characters. I felt like I knew Connie and Estella by the end of the book and I was touched by the realistic portrait of sisters and of their relationship to their mom and dad. One thing I really liked about this book was the way it described the beautiful setting. I've never been to the coast of Florida, but now I feel like I have.... Laugh, cry, get mad... this book made me feel all these things. I'm adding Kristy Kiernan to my must-read list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intensely moving novel,yet filled with humorous moments and wry insights of the bonds between sisters,as well as mothers and their children.The authors obvious love of her native Florida transports the reader through deftly crafted passages.The sections on mathematics theory and the phenomenon of child prodigies are fascinating and insightful without being dryly academic. A must read and an instant classic that will delight women of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristy Kiernan's writing is so confident, so assured, it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. You'll be pulled into this story the moment you start the first page, and its characters will stay with you long after you've finished the last. Book clubs will love discussing this novel!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Raised in affluence in Florida, Estella and Connie Sykes may be sisters, but are also best friends. That is until Estella, two years older than Connie, catches the dreaded 'eyecue', whatever that is. Fearing for her beloved normal sibling, Estella drifts away from Connie, hurting her sister who does not understand why. Estella is a math prodigy while Connie is a norm. --- Now years later, the two sisters still not close, return to their Gulf Coast home to help their mom sell the family house. As they work on what to toss, what to give away, what to sell, and what to keep, their past as precocious partners and the subsequent split when they were seven and five respectively surfaces forcing both especially the elder to reveal family truths. --- Alternating perspective, CATCHING GENIUS is a delightful look at how childhood relationships make the adults. Out of innocence and a real concern for her younger sister, Estella finds the road to hell paved with her good intentions. Though the Connie sections seem more insightful as the audience feels her decades old still lingering hurt while not quite understanding how Estella coped over the years, readers will appreciate Kristy Kiernan¿s poignant look at the changing relationship between two sisters. --- Harriet Klausner
Magicflutist More than 1 year ago
This book is average at best. If you are one of those people who depend on low reviews to help you decide to buy, consider yourself warned. I would look elsewhere for a good summer read. The story started out just fine, but by the time I reached the last fourth of the book, I kept looking at the number of pages I had left to read. There were way too many lose ends and predictable behavior. One word summary....... Boring
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Meaningful_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and it is one of my favorites. Especially if you have a sister(s). I am about to start my second time of reading this book and can't wait. It is moving and you can really visualize the book in your mind. If you love music such as cellos and violins or if you love numbers and math ... they use these topics in the book to relate to as well. I probably also loved it because it reminded me of when I lived in Florida. I recommend this book to anyone I meet!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. It's funny and sweet and touching and heartwrenching. Got to the end and went right back to the first page. Yes, it is that good.
retromom More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read that was written by Kristy Kiernan. I love finding new authors to read and I am so glad a friend recommended her to me. Catching Genius is a complex story about relationships. The main characters, Connie and Estella are sisters who don't have much of a relationship at all. When the girls were young, Estella was labeled as a math genius. She is sent off to college at age 12. The girls, who were once very close, drifted apart. Now adults, they are forced to close up their mother's beach house before she sells it which makes them both very uncomfortable. They not only have issues with each other but both sisters are dealing with other problems in their lives. The story is told from the viewpoint of both sisters, dealing with their relationship now as well as their past. There are two sides to every story and that is very clear in this book. I look forward to reading more from Kristy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book on my recent Spring Break trip to the beach. It is so amazing, I found myself not wanting it to end! It is a PERFECT book to read on vacation, as it transports you into the lives of the characters and on their trip to pack up their childhood home on the beach. It is well written, intelligent and yet easy to read. I would definitely reccommend it, and hope to see more from this author soon!