Rachel Barenbaum: A Bend in the Stars
This novel is an epic love story and heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia about a brilliant young scientist racing against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. In 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar’s army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her physicist brother, Vanya, face an impossible decision. Miri and Vanya were raised by a famous matchmaker who taught them to protect themselves at all costs. With headstrong Miri on the verge of becoming one of Russia’s only female surgeons, and Vanya hoping to solve the final puzzles of Einstein’s theory of relativity, how can they bear to leave their homeland? But when war is declared and Vanya disappears, Miri braves the firing squad to find him, as not only her own family’s safety but the future of science itself hangs in the balance. Grounded in history, A Bend in the Stars offers a heart-stopping account of science’s greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I.
Rachel Barenbaum’s debut novel, A Bend in the Stars, was named a New York Times Summer Reading Selection. Her second novel, The History of Time Travel, is forthcoming. She has degrees from Harvard in Business, and Literature and Philosophy.