Ostensibly it is a story about a mid-20s man who suffers a terrible car accident, slowly recovers only to believe that his sister, his dog and his mobile home are imposters. Capgras syndrome is what he was initially diagnosed with.
The story follows a year of the lives of his family, friends and other interested parties who deal with the main character and this bizarre condition.
At some points it felt too long. Richard Powers certainly had a lot to say. But other times I pushed aside other books to keep working on it.
Powers is known as a very intellectual author. But for all the thinking and ideas he introduced, I felt the story had a lot of pathos. I felt for most of these people.
The dialogue was good, realistic and non-cringe worthy.
Powers deftly changed points of view. Yet the narrators kept the main focus of the story shrouded in mystery. Especially the mysterious Barbara.
It won the National Book award in 2006.