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  • Abacus
  • Little, Brown
  • Little, Brown
  • Hachette Audio

The Tenth Muse

Catherine Chung

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Historical fiction

A gripping novel about a brilliant and gifted young woman, her struggle to succeed in a male-dominated world, and the secret of her past bound up in World War II.

'A young woman's battle for acceptance in a male-dominated world; her misadventures in love; and her torturous journey to track down her real parents in Germany' Mail on Sunday Best New Fiction From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But as she grows up and becomes a mathematician, she faces the most human of problems - who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition?

On her quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II.


Forced to confront some of the biggest events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics, reclaiming the voices of the women who came before her whose love of the language of numbers connects them across generations.

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Praise for The Tenth Muse

  • The cliche that boys are better at math collapses before the diamond-hard mind of a grad student whose relentless attempt to prove a legendary hypothesis exposes a deeper algorithm about herself....Captivating - O, the Oprah Magazine

  • A page-turning intellectual thriller, a family romance, an alternative history of twentieth-century math - I couldn't put it down - Elif Batuman

  • Ambitious, mesmerizing, and immersive, The Tenth Muse gives us a character we'd follow anywhere, and journeys well worth following her on. This novel dazzles - Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

  • Catherine Chung has written a deft, spellbinding emotional puzzle-box of a book, rich and intricately layered - Tea Obreht

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Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung is the author of The Tenth Muse and Forgotten Country, for which she won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice and a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and was the recipient of a Dorthy Sargent Rosenberg Prize in poetry. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in the New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City.

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