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When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's spouse disappears, she leaves at the back of a unmarried confounding clue: a lady who appears, talks, and behaves precisely like her. A simulatcrum. yet Leo isn't really fooled, and he is aware higher than to belief his senses in concerns of the center. convinced that the genuine Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic trip to reclaim her. With assistance from his psychiatric sufferer Harvey--who believes himself to be a undercover agent capable of conrtol the weather--his research leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, looking for the girl he loves. Atmospheric Disturbances is a "witty, gentle, and conceptually dazzling" (Booklist) novel concerning the mysterious nature of human relationships.
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Those high heels changed everything, lifting her mouth that much closer to kissing range… Alex shook his head, as if to rid it of wayward thoughts. No kissing tonight, no, no, no. No kissing, no touching, no fondling. Nothing. Nada. But she was like a human bag of potato chips. One taste and you couldn‟t stop. Caitlin was standing right in front of him, looking up, while he was giving himself strict orders to behave. ” Her voice was low, almost shy. ” Nothing else would come out. Great. He‟d managed to avoid swallowing his tongue, only to have it stick to the roof of his mouth.
It occurred to him that some women were smart not to use lipstick. Her lips were a very pretty color all their own—a smooth, glistening pale pink. He could kiss her without getting glop on his face. His cock pulsed at the thought of kissing her, diving into that pretty mouth, licking into it… He jerked himself back to reality. Think about something else, he ordered himself. Ratso escaping and Lopez laughing all the way to the bank came to mind, and his cock subsided. “We‟re looking for someone,” he found himself saying.
She stepped out onto the cracked pavement. A bell echoed distantly as Alex pushed down on the heavy brass handle of the hotel‟s front door and shouldered it open. He let Caitlin pass then followed her in. His disapproving gaze took in the peeling wallpaper and cracked flooring. His disapproval turned to fury when he saw that the front desk was unattended, the keys hanging on a plywood board. ” he murmured to Caitlin. “Four forty-six,” she replied. ” Alex reached across the front desk and lifted her key from its hook.