One fine body…
In 1965, a young research scientist named Margot Sharpe is introduced to Elihu Hoopes, an attractive, charismatic amnesiac whose short-term memory has been devastated by a brief illness.
Charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely, Eli is tortured by his condition. Trapped eternally in the present moment, he is also haunted by a fragmented memory from his childhood : the disturbing image of an unknown girl's body, floatin under the surface of a lake.
Inspired and moved by her exceptional patient, Margot dedicates her professional life to him and, in so doing, establishes for herself an exceptional career in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience.
But where is the line between scientific endeavour and personal obsession? And how to interpret the whises of a person who is trapped outside time?
Atmospheric and unsettling, "The Man Without a Shadow" is a poignant exploration of loneliness, ethics, passion, ageing and memory - intricately, ambitiously structured and made both vivid and unnerving by Oate's eye for detail and her searing insight into the human psyche."
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