Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch is mourning the death of his mother, Rachela. No ordinary mother, Rachela is a genius, a world famous mathematician, in fact, who survived the holocaust by emigrated to the United States with her family from Poland. A string of noted mathematicians make their way to Wisconsin to pay their respects, but also to solve a mystery. Rachela is rumored to have secretly solved the greatest mathematical puzzle of all – the Navier Stokes problem.
With so many glowing reviews, I was expecting great things from this novel, but I was disappointed. Nothing grabbed me deeply enough. Not Rachela’s history, not the humor, and not the mathematical mystery. It was just a so-so book for me.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
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