Special Topics in Calamity Physics
by Marisha Pessl
Blue van Meer is a brainy sixteen-year-old who has spent a lot of time in dozens of schools around the country with her political science professor father, Gareth van Meer.
She looks forward to spending her senior year at the elite St. Galway School in the mountains of North Carolina. When the coroner rules a teacher’s death a suicide, Blue sets out to prove it was murder. Organized as a syllabus for a Great Works of Literature course with lots of literary references, wordplay and allusions, The New York Times said this debut novel should be “required reading for devotees of inventive new fiction.”