Nervous System by Lina Meruane

Nervous System

Lina Meruane with Megan McDowell (Translator)

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228 pages | first published 2018

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An electrifying novel about illness, displacement, and what holds us together, by the author of Seeing Red Ella is an astrophysicist struggling with her doctoral thesis in the "country of the present" but she is from the "country of the past," a p...
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Summary of 54 reviews


dark 76%
reflective 71%
challenging 66%
sad 33%
emotional 28%
mysterious 14%
informative 9%
tense 9%
inspiring 4%


slow 71%
medium 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 75% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 62% | No: 25% | Yes: 12%

Loveable characters?

No: 56% | It's complicated: 31% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 43% | Yes: 37% | It's complicated: 18%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 5%

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