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A Novel

Sylvia Torti

302 pages
Schaffner Press Inc
Two neurologists are engaged in divergent quests: one to locate the source of memory and the other to study speech patterns in humans by analyzing and manipulating bird vocalization. Both men use experiments on live songbirds in a laboratory on a university campus, and both become romantically intertwined with a woman lab assistant who takes issue with their methods. Overshadowing this trio are significant figures from their individual pasts—a distant mother, a former girlfriend, a best friend and ornithological expert who dies tragically while conducting field research in the Amazon, and a mentor turned lover and nemesis. This is a subtly layered novel rich in natural description and sense of place that grapples with serious philosophical and moral themes, peopled by characters who must confront the emotional truths in their lives in order to be released from their own, individual cage
Author Bio
Sylvia Torti is the author of The Scorpion's Tail, a Miguel Marmol Award winner. She holds a Ph.D. in biology and is Adjunct Professor in biology, as well as current Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah. She completed a BA degree at Earlham College. Born and raised in Ohio to an Argentine parent, she has traveled and studied extensively and is fluent in English, Spanish and Danish. She is the past president of Writers at Work, and lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.