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Further Adventures in the Restless Universe, by Dawn Raffel

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Further Adventures in the Restless Universe, by Dawn Raffel


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When Dawn Raffel was a very small child, her father used to read to her nightly from The Restless Universe—a layman’s guide to physics by the Nobel Laureate Max Born. Although she loved the time spent with her father, she didn’t—despite his statements to the contrary—comprehend a word of the physics. It was her first recognition that love so often comes with imperfect understanding.

The twenty-one stories in Further Adventures in the Restless Universe are about fathers, daughters, mothers, sisters, husbands, wives, strangers, lovers, sons, neighbors, kings, death, faith, astronomical phenomena, and the way the heart warps time.


“Read this book for amazement.” —Greatest Lakes Review

“The short stories in Dawn Raffel’s new collection Further Adventures in the Restless Universe are . . . rife with the author’s deft, lyrical prose. They strikingly explore how small moments can influence personal and familial identity.” —Nylon

“Raffel nails the age-old struggle between a mother and adult daughter as they make their way awkwardly through a brief getaway, and the equally complex mix of responsibility and fierce love a mother feels while tending her 7-year-old son.” —The Daily Beast


Dawn Raffel’s newest book is Further Adventures in the Restless Universe. She is also the author of a novel, Carrying the Body, and a previous collection, In the Year of Long Division. She now works part time at Readers Digest as editor-at-large for books, and is completing a memoir. She lives outside New York City with her husband and sons.