MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Only Say the Word (2005)
Niall Williams
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This novel about loss and grief includes a minor character (the protagonist's brother) who has mathematical talent and "retreats" into numbers. He believes that "for every problem there is a true and perfect solution" and eventually applies his skills to gambling (apparently providing the perfect solution to the problems of his life.)

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MotifAnti-social Mathematicians,
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MediumNovels,

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