The Brothers Vonnegut

The Brothers Vonnegut

Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut

In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard is working on a series of cutting-edge weather-control experiments meant to make deserts bloom and farmers flourish.

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


what’s most memorable about “The Brothers Vonnegut” is how strongly it articulates a message about the importance of making intentional decisions about the work each of us does and not blindly pursuing vocations out of convenience or for money, ego or fame.

Slate : Kurt and Bernard (December 04, 2015)

Science and fiction can occasionally merge like aquatic currents, and the effect can look like magic.


Book Details  


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 17, 2015)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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