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The Life in Papers of Sofie K


Octavia Cade

This fascinating story follows the life of a young Russian girl in the 1800s who has a love of mathematics. She persists despite society's obstacles and studies mathematics at a German university, before finally ending up as a professor in Sweden. It is based on the life of Sofia Kovalevskaya, and is organized around her papers. The writing is engaging and almost lyrical at times, and the story has fantastical elements, making this more of an exploration of the motivations and costs of circumventing society's obstacles than a simple fictionalized biographical sketch.

Favorite Thing: 
Thinking about what drives people to make choices society frowns upon, and what those choices cost.
The Life in Papers of Sofie K.
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Short story/novella related to a series of long books
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