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The Book of Getting Even (2009)
Benjamin Taylor

A brilliant homosexual teenager uses mathematics as an escape from the pressures of everyday life, including his father, a rabbi in 1970's New Orleans. Along the way, he gets to know (and love, in a variety of ways) the family of a Nobel prize winning physicist and he himself becomes a cosmologist.

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MotifProdigies, Academia, Romance, Religion,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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