Plano Reads: The Tenth Muse

Join the Brown Bag Book Club this July to discuss The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung.

We will meet on Thursday, July 23, at 12 p.m. using Zoom. Register for this session by filling out your information on Zoom here. You can join this Zoom book club session via computer or phone.

The Tenth Muse is available as: eBook | eAudiobook | Print book

Katherine knew she was intelligent. People said so in a two edged way that hinted at both admiration and disapproval. It left her feeling like an outsider. Her mysterious background, a Chinese mother and a white father intensified the sense of otherness. Katherine’s abilities as a math prodigy take her to graduate school at MIT. In the 1960’s a woman at MIT was a rare thing, but Katherine is persistent and she wants to have an academic career and solve the Riemann hypothesis one of the great mathematical problems. Her determination to establish a career in mathematics is rivaled by her desire to unravel the mystery of her background. It is a sweeping story of brilliance, legacy, betrayal and war.

From Publisher’s Weekly (2019): Chung’s impressive, poignant second novel (after Forgotten Country) explores the intersections of intellectual and familial legacies. Chung persuasively interweaves myths and legends with the real-world stories of lesser-known women mathematicians and of WWII on both the European and Asian fronts. The legacy that Katherine inherits may defy the kinds of elegant proofs to which mathematicians aspire, but Chung’s novel boldly illustrates that truth and beauty can reside even amid the messiest solutions.

Catherine Chung website


Be sure to join us on Thursday, July 23, at 12 p.m. using Zoom to discuss The Tenth Muse. Register for this session by filling out your information on Zoom here. You can join this Zoom book club session via computer or phone.

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