Sharp…sets a bittersweet love story within the cut-throat world of academic research, a great pairing [Rothman] explores with heart [and] smarts. – Publishers Weekly (starred review). Ambitious young scientist, Emily Apell, arrives in Justin McKinnon’s famous research laboratory in New York with the goal of making a breakthrough discovery in her field. But a colleague in the lab, Aeden Doherty, has been working on a similar topic, and his findings threaten to compete with her research. To Emily’s surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden, and when they end up working together their animosity turns to physical passion, followed by love. Emily eventually allows herself to envision a future with Aeden, but when he decides to leave the lab it becomes clear to her that she must make a choice: stay in the lab to pursue her research, or follow her heart. It is only years later, when she is about to receive a prestigious award for the work they did together, that Emily is able to reflect upon the choice that she made and to unravel everything that happened between her and Aeden. “Refreshing…Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor.” — Real Simple
About the Author: Andrea Rothman
Andrea Rothman was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an American father and a Venezuelan mother. She was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and majored in biology from Universidad Central de Venezuela. While studying biology, she wrote fiction. Her first short stories, written in her native spanish, were published by Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos, in 1989. Andrea left Venezuela in 1992 and eventually settled in New York City, where she worked as a research scientist at the Rockefeller University and was awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health to study the sense of smell. With the birth of her first two children (boy and girl twins) Andrea left her career in science to devote herself to her family and to write fiction—her lifelong passion. Her first novel, THE DNA OF YOU AND ME, was published in March of 2019 by William Morrow, HarperCollins. Her short stories and essays can be found on her website: www.andrearothman.com Andrea holds a Masters degree in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a fiction editor for the journal Hunger Mountain. She lives with her husband and two children in Long Island, New York, and is at work on her second book.