Altered States

The Echo Maker

Richard Powers

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 464 pp.

In the fifteenth chapter of his first epistle to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes of how believers will inherit the Kingdom of God on the last day, which he considered imminent: “But this I tell you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.... We shall not all die but we shall all be changed, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will blow, and the dead will waken...

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About the Author

Daniel M. Murtaugh is associate professor of English at Florida Atlantic University.