Michael Byers's award-winning debut collection, The Coast of Good Intentions, had the critics raving. "Byers's language, character range, perspectives, sensitivity, maturity, and clarity are incredible and often profound," said USA Today. This young writer's exhilarating first novel showcases his great gifts in the suspenseful story of a geneticist grappling with an astonishing discovery.Baker & Taylor
Dr. Henry Moss has long been seeking a cure for a congenital disease in children, called Hickman, that causes them to age rapidly and die before their teens. A thoughtful and dedicated man, Henry wants only to give his small, wizened patients their share of the bounteous future promised by this prosperous moment in dot-com Seattle. To his amazement, his study takes a remarkable turn: he is consulted by a family whose three-year-old son, Giles, is clearly stricken with Hickman. Giles's teenage brother also tests positive for the disease -- but he displays no symptoms. In fact, all the aging mechanisms in his body seem to have halted. This discovery is a potential goldmine. It is also a minefield of personal and medical ethics.
All around Henry, the world beckons with easy comfort and instant wealth. The temptation to fulfill his own family's longings is powerful. Henry's wife, trained as a doctor in her native Vienna, languishes in a dead-end job. Their two teenage children endure the pangs of adolescent yearning: Sandra, star of her basketball team, is in love with her sport and also with the wrong boy; Darren, at fourteen, drifts, hapless and unmoored.
Byers inhabits these wonderful characters, as well as this wholly American time and place, with the conviction that only the finest novelists can achieve. He is a writer who deals with the largest issues on a deeply human scale. Long for This World is vividly alive and achingly beautiful.
A medical researcher specializing in a rare congenital disease that causes children to age drastically, Dr. Henry Moss is confronted with a difficult choice involving his personal and medical ethics when he meets a family whose three-year-old son, Giles, is stricken with the disease but whose teenage brother tests positive for the ailment but exhibits no symptoms. A first novel.Blackwell North Amer
Dr. Henry Moss has long sought a cure for a congenital disease in children, called Hickman, that drastically ages their young bodies and results in very early death. A thoughtful and empathetic man, Henry wants only to give his heartbreaking patients some small share of the bounteous American future. To his amazement, he stumbles upon a key to the elusive cure. A family consults him about their three-year-old son, Giles, who is clearly stricken with Hickman. Giles's teenage brother also tests positive for the disease - but he displays no symptoms. In fact, all the aging mechanisms in his body seem to have halted. The discovery is a potential goldmine - if Henry can bring himself to exploit it. But it is also an ethical minefield.
To Henry, instant wealth is a powerful temptation. All around him in dot-com Seattle his neighbors luxuriate in easy comfort while his own family's longings go unfulfilled. His wife, Ilse, trained as a doctor in her native Vienna, languishes in a dead-end job. Their two teenage children dwell among their own yearnings. Sandra is a gifted basketball player who is in love with her sport but also with the wrong boy. Darren, at fourteen, drifts haplessly into adolescence. Henry would do anything for them, but in this case the personal price may be too high.Baker
Specializing in a rare disease that causes children to age drastically, Dr. Henry Moss is confronted with an ethical dilemma when he meets a family whose two children are affected in dramatically different ways by the same disease.