From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming a mathematician, she must face 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 in Germany. Forced to confront some of the most consequential events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, she strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and finds kinship in the stories of the women who came before her—their love of the language of numbers connecting them across generations.
The Tenth Muse is a gorgeous, sweeping tale about legacy, identity, and the beautiful ways the mind can make us free.
Through June 30, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Poetry Book Club (or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription, or a one-year Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of The Tenth Muse by author Catherine Chung*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!
“The Tenth Muse is as ambitious and intriguing as the complex math problems Katherine, the protagonist of this remarkable novel, aims to solve. In this novel, the scope of which is staggering—Chung has crafted a story that is moving, elegant and richly written.” – bestselling author Roxane Gay
Catherine Chung is the author of two novels, 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. She lives in New York City.
Photograph of Catherine Chung © David Noles.
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How it works: Exactly the same as our regular book club, but a little cheaper because most of the books are expected to be paperbacks (though some will probably be hardcover, too). So it’s $27 a month plus shipping (click to subscribe). You can sign up for both the Poetry Book Club and the regular Book Club for $50 a month by clicking here.
Every month we’ll choose a forthcoming poetry collection, not yet available to the public. At the end of the month, we’ll host an exclusive online discussion with the book club and the author. We’ll publish an edited version of the discussion on The Rumpus the following month (like this). We’ve featured poets like Tracy K. Smith, Jericho Brown, Solmaz Sharif, Kaveh Akbar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Natasha Tretheway, Franny Choi, Eve Ewing, and t’ai freedom ford. Upcoming poets include Dunya Mikhail, Hanif Abdurraqib, Shira Erlichman, Malcolm Tariq, Danez Smith, and more!
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Please note that we do not offer international Poetry Book Club subscriptions at this time, but we hope to in the future.
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