The Tenth Muse / Catherine Chung
A gripping novel about a brilliant and gifted young woman, her struggle to succeed in a male-dominated world, and the secret of her past bound up in World War II.
From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But as she grows up and becomes a mathematician, she faces 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.
Forced to confront some of the biggest events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics, reclaiming the voices of the women who came before her whose love of the language of numbers connects them across generations.
Praise for The Tenth Muse
'A young woman's battle for acceptance in a male-dominated world; her misadventures in love; and her torturous journey to track down her real parents in Germany' - Mail on Sunday Best New Fiction
‘The cliche that boys are better at math collapses before the diamond-hard mind of a grad student whose relentless attempt to prove a legendary hypothesis exposes a deeper algorithm about herself ... Captivating.’ - O, the Oprah Magazine
‘A page-turning intellectual thriller, a family romance, an alternative history of twentieth-century math - I couldn't put it down’ - Elif Batuman
‘Ambitious, mesmerizing, and immersive, The Tenth Muse gives us a character we'd follow anywhere, and journeys well worth following her on. This novel dazzles.’ - Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
‘Catherine Chung has written a deft, spellbinding emotional puzzle-box of a book, rich and intricately layered’ - Tea Obreht