Nominated by:

Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Publisher of nominated edition:

Sourcebooks, USA

The Other Einstein

Marie Benedict      

2018 Longlist

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

About the author

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a fictional portrayal of the relationship of the couple. It gives a picture of how educated women were treated at that time. A beautifully written and thought-provoking novel.

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