#57. The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

Pages: 451
Finished: Aug. 14, 2007
Reason for Reading: This is the Sept. read for the Pulitzer yahoo book group.
First Published: 2006
Awards: National Book Award
Genre: Literature
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

Cranes keep landing as night falls.

Recommend: Highly! This is an immensely powerful book! Simply staggering. At the core of this novel is a search for self. Who are we really? Are you who you think you are or are you who others think you are? The 3 main characters are all struggling to find their true self: Mark, a man who received a traumatic head injury in a car accident, his sister, whom he believes is an impostor and the famous neurologist who takes on the case.

I found the medical information about the brain and the case histories absolutely fascinating. As a fan of shows such as ER and House, this was right up my alley! I found myself relating to all the main characters and becoming fond of them all in different ways. On top of all this there is a riveting mystery story concerning the cause of the car accident. An extremely satisfying read!


  1. This sounds like an interesting book. I am still looking for a few more reads to complete my Book Awards Challenge. Might be a possibility!


  2. Sounds like a great book! I'm particularly interested as my oldest brother sustained a TBI 5 years ago.

  3. I have seen either "love it" or "hate it" reviews of this book. I have it as a challenge read and I hope I fall into the "love it" camp as you did.


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