The Invention of Everything Else

The Invention of Everything Else

by Samantha Hunt
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The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

From the moment Louisa first catches sight of the strange man who occupies a forbidden room on the thirty-third floor, she is determined to befriend him.Unbeknownst to Louisa, he is Nikola Tesla—inventor of AC electricity and wireless communication—and he is living out his last days at the Hotel New Yorker.Winning his attention through a shared love of pigeons, she eventually uncovers the story of Tesla’s life as a Serbian immigrant and a visionary genius: as a boy he built engines powered by June bugs, as a man he dreamed of pulling electricity from the sky.The mystery deepens when Louisa reunites with an enigmatic former classmate and faces the loss of her father as he attempts to travel to the past to meet up with his beloved late wife. Before the week is out, Louisa must come to terms with her own understanding of love, death, and the power of invention.
The Invention of Everything Else immerses the reader in a magical mid-twentieth-century New York City thrumming with energy, wonder, and possibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547347042
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/02/2009
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 301,043
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Samantha Hunt’s novel about Nikola Tesla, The Invention of Everything Else was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Seas, a twisted tale of mermaids, won the National Book Foundation’s Five under Thirty-five prize. She lives in upstate New York.

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The Invention of Everything Else 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautiful novel about the life of Tesla made me wish the book would never end. It recreates New York City in both the 1890s and 1940s. The novel goes far beyond a simple telling of Tesla's life, raising questions about contemporary corporately controlled invention. Tesla was the last of his kind, beautifully evoked and remembered in this novel.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason I kept reading even half of the book were the prior reviews indicating the author's extensive research into Tesla. That so-called research never evidenced itself... not in any depth at least. Tesla was a bigger than life inventor, and deserves more than a mere weakly developed storytelling of his life. Being as generous as I can, it was a trivial fictional tale of Tesla's time in New York.