The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker

by Richard Powers
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The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

The Echo Maker is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who read it" (Booklist, starred review).

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman—who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister—is really an imposter. When Karin contacts the famous cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber for help, he diagnoses Mark as having Capgras syndrome. The mysterious nature of the disease, combined with the strange circumstances surrounding Mark's accident, threatens to change all of their lives beyond recognition. In The Echo Maker, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312426439
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 506,681
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Richard Powers is the author of nine novels and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. He lives in Illinois.


Urbana, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 18, 1957

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


M.A., University of Illinois, 1979

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The Echo Maker 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most accessible Powers novel to date, but that does not mean it is for the casual reader. His use of the Nebraskan plains and subtleties of character cadence sink under your skin. The eerie mystery of Mark's death is also suspenseful enough to keep you hooked until the ending. The Echo Maker is mostly a statement about changing individual identity under the burdensome atmosphere of a post 911 America. Though more thematically subtle than in his other novels, it's certainly a looming presence, the way it is in our real lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being from the Kearney NE area I was excited to read this book with the setting in Kearney. I had a lot of trouble staying with this book. It was confusing at times and really could have been written in 200 pages instead of 400. The plot was interesting but I could never recommend this book to anyone.
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Does anyone know this book's lexile?? I cannot find it anywhere on the internet, and it is not listed on this page. Please help if you know!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I thought this book was a real struggle. There are some interesting things to learn about the brain but the plot could have been done in half the page quantity and was predictable. The characters were annoying so it was difficult to sit through page after page of them arguing and whining.
Maximillian More than 1 year ago
This is a novel by a wonderful author; this is the first book I have read by Powers. It does take serious concentration at times and the book was perhaps a tad too long. I did enjoy the topic and the setting. I must say it is a very unique novel. Powers is a gifted, serious writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A remarkable novel in which a main character suffers an automobile accident, after which he thinks familiar people are in fact someone different. Among the specialists treating him is an Oliver Sachs-like popularizer who wonders whether his case histories transgress an ethical border of more use to him than the people described. A subplot describes the danger posed by developers to the ancient flocks of migrating birds using meadows prominent in the countryside. A long novel of beautiful prose and challenging ideas.
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sugarpy18 More than 1 year ago
This book has a very original plot, but some of the characters could have been more endearing. The writing is mostly laid-back but it picks up the closer we get to the end, where the writing feels almost feverishly fast. I like it but I'm not going to keep it in my permanent library.
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DW1 More than 1 year ago
THis brilliant book stays with you long after you put it down. It is fascinating just from a scientific point of view but when you add the literary element is becomes really special. I could not recommend this book enough for those who appreciate literature.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line of a sister and her psychologically injured brother was lost in the psycho-babble of one character, and the bird-babble of another. For those that are interested in such things, I can imagine the book would be a home run. And, my compliments to the author for weaving together such complex themes into one book - it actually worked. But in the end, the book took too much effort to be enjoyable to the casual reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I realize that there are numerous recognitions for this book. However, I found it a bit tedious to finish. The unfolding of the characters was a bit long and when finished, I felt that it wasn't too interesting. I actally found the brilliant, detailed descriptions of migratory birds to be the highlight of the book.