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DOUBLE HELIX by Nancy Werlin



Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8037-2606-6
Publisher: Dial

Tragedy and family politics combine for a suspenseful exploration of love and bioethics. Brilliant Eli has been fighting with his father for months. The fight began when Eli refused to apply to college, but the communication breakdown is rooted in their unshared and inarticulate grief over Eli’s mother. The genetic disease that will eventually kill her has left Eli’s once-loving mother shamefully insane. Desperate to escape home for the summer, Eli takes a job with the brilliant Dr. Wyatt. He’s lucky to get a chance to work with the famous geneticist, but his father is furious. Some terrible secret lies between Dr. Wyatt and Eli’s parents, which must explain Dr. Wyatt’s fascination with Eli, and Eli’s father’s hatred of Dr. Wyatt. There will be no easy answers for Eli as he explores the mystery of his own past, and of the compellingly beautiful girl to whom Dr. Wyatt introduces him. Thought-provoking, powerful, and rich in character. (Fiction. YA)