Special Topics in Calamity Physics

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006) by Marisha Pessl is a coming-of-age and mystery novel narrated by an erudite teenager.

  • I couldn't help but feel that to call him out on this well-intentioned extravagance, to embarrass him, was sort of unnecessary and cruel—not unlike informing Blanche Dubois that her arms looked flabby, her hair dry, and that she was dancing the polka dangerously close to the lamplight.
    • p. 53
  • Sal Mineos were always talking in spongy voices and making comments that were as vague as the outline of an angora sweater.
    • p. 69.

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