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By Simon Mawer

Like his nice, nice uncle, the early geneticist Gregor Mendel, Dr. Benedict Lambert is suffering to release the secrets and techniques of heredity. yet Benedict's venture is especially pressing and especially own, for he's with achondroplasia—he's a dwarf. he is additionally a guy determined for romance. And while he unearths it within the type of Jean—simple and shy—he stumbles upon a chance to right the injustice of his personal capricious genes.

As clever because it is exciting, this witty and strangely erotic novel unearths the sweetness and drama of clinical inquiry because it informs us of the easy passions opposed to which even the main impressive brain is rendered powerless.

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