A Doubter's Almanac

Author Canin, Ethan
Year 2016
First published 2016
Publisher New York: Random House
Number of pages 576
Edition 1st US hardback
ISBN 9781400068265
Keywords mathematics, ambition/recognition of scientists, literary or mainstream, scientist main character, mad, mentally ill scientist


Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.

Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the story of a family as it explores the way ambition lives alongside destructiveness, obsession alongside torment, love alongside grief. It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches. (Publisher)


Publishing History
First editions: 1st US paperback, 2016, Random House Trade, ISBN: 9780812980264