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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
Atmospheric Disturbances is narrated by Leo Liebenstein, a fiftysomething psychiatrist with a young and beautiful Argentinean wife, Rema. Leo always felt like Rema was out of his league and was wary of losing her, but he awoke one day convinced that Rema had been replaced by a look-a-like impostor. With help from Harvey, one of his psychiatric patients, Leo comes across the work of the secretive Royal Academy of Meteorology and the strange theories of meteorologist Tzvi Gal-Chen, who is supposedly dead. Leo and Harvey set off for Buenos Aires in search of the real Rema, spurred on by e-mails from the dead meteorologist. Rema, however, is frustrated in her attempts to convince Leo who she really is. Rivka Galchen's debut novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Anyone who has suffered the everyday calamity of the lessening of love, the infinitesimal diminutions of regard that drain a relationship of its power, knows what a relief it would be to blame science fiction. This cerebral, demanding, original new writer helps make the charges stick."