FICTION

Double Blind

Farrar. Jun. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780374282196. $26.
COPY ISBN
After some years apart, Olivia and Lucy, two old Oxford friends, are reunited at a turning point in both of their lives. Olivia has a new boyfriend and a book on genetics about to be published. Lucy is returning from the States to take up a job consulting for a wealthy venture capitalist; at the same time, Lucy is experiencing troubling medical symptoms. As science and technology wend their way through this multistranded story from the author of the “Patrick Melrose” novels, the perspective shifts from the two women to numerous other characters. Readers meet Olivia’s beau, Francis, who manages an estate experimenting in “wilding,” an attempt to return native species to their original environment; Hunter, Lucy’s employer, a Bill Gates–like figure who wants Lucy’s help to find “gold-plated” investment opportunities; Olivia’s father, a psychotherapist doing groundbreaking work with patients with schizophrenia; and erratic Sebastian, one of the psychotherapist’s patients.
VERDICT St. Aubyn’s impressive trove of knowledge of wide-ranging topics like artificial intelligence, epigenetics, climate science, and wilding takes nothing away from an entertaining story about love and friendship.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?