Anna McGrail Mrs. Einstein: A Novel

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Mrs. Einstein: A Novel

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9780393341997: Mrs. Einstein: A Novel

A novel of breathtaking audacity that imagines the fierce quest for revenge undertaken by Albert Einstein's real-life abandoned daughter.

The facts are these: When Albert Einstein was a young man, his wife-to-be gave birth to a daughter, Lieserl, whom they soon gave up for adoption to a Hungarian woman. Beyond that, Lieserl Einstein is lost to history.

But not to literature. Anna McGrail has imagined an amazing yet plausible life for this indomitable woman, one that spans the scientific history of the modern world from the theory of relativity to the atomic bomb and that moves from the plains of rural Hungary to the death camps of Germany to the laboratory at Los Alamos where the entire world was put under threat of annihilation. It is Lieserl's sole burning desire to learn physics, to beat her father at his own game, to teach him that his actions―whether giving away a daughter or unlocking the secrets of the universe―have consequences that cannot be denied. In that she will succeed―but at what cost to herself and to the world?

An extraordinary tour de force of the literary imagination, written with utter confidence and panache. A novel certain to be widely reviewed, debated, and read. This breathtaking book will appeal to readers of works as diverse as Sophie's World and Jane Mendelssohn's I Was Amelia Earhart.

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In January 1902 Albert Einstein's future wife Mileva Maric, a fellow student at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich, gave birth to a baby girl in her hometown of Novi Sad in southern Hungary. The pregnancy was kept a secret from the couple's closest friends, and little Lieserl was given up for adoption. Einstein and Mileva eventually married in 1903 and produced two sons. They divorced in 1918 and Einstein married his cousin Elsa. Nothing more is known about Einstein's daughter, whose very existence remained a jealously guarded secret until 1986.

In Mrs. Einstein, Anna McGrail imagines what might have become of Lieserl. The discarded daughter grows up with an astonishing mind and an abiding hatred for her father. Given her extraordinary mathematical ability--an ability she insists she has inherited from her mother--she resolves to haunt her father's scientific career and sets herself to master cutting-edge physics, the science of gravity and light. She will match each of Einstein's mathematical proofs with one of her own that goes beyond its conclusions or undermines its findings.

Repeatedly thwarted by her material disadvantages and her restricted access to the current scientific journals, she eventually hits on an uglier plan. She will use Einstein's own great equation, e = mc2 , to engineer a nuclear bomb. This ultimate weapon of mass destruction will be based on the scientific theories of the world-famous pacifist, and Einstein himself will be forced to recognize this fact by the daughter he resolutely refused to acknowledge. At this point McGrail returns us for a brief moment from fiction to history: Lieserl's crucial discovery of the splitting of a uranium atom was indeed made by a woman scientist, Lise Meitner, in 1938.

Lieserl's obsession with her father takes her on a picaresque journey across Europe and on to America, accompanied by her larger-than-life friend and protector, the German teacher Maja. They survive a sequence of bizarre adventures that range from the absurdly comical to the tragic. McGrail's fictional tale is sharply written, with enough mathematical detail woven in to make her Lieserl thoroughly convincing. Maja, an ingenious counterbalance for her single-minded heroine, is a bizarrely effective manipulator of the two women's fortunes. Her ageless, chameleon beauty is magically modified to seduce any who stand in their way, improbably opening doors for them wherever they go.

This is an entertaining, readable novel in which magic realism contrives a quirky kind of verisimilitude for a plot that is ultimately driven by the intricate twists and turns of 20th-century science. There is a gentle irony in McGrail's championing of a forgotten daughter and her ill-treated mother that keeps the reader amused and attentive, and is never solemnly insistent. --Lisa Jardine

About the Author:

Anna McGrail is the author of a previous novel, Blood Sisters. She lives in Brighton, England.

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