Eileen Pollack

Cindy Seip

Eileen Pollack is the author of several novels including The Bible of Dirty JokesA Perfect Life, Breaking and Entering; two short-story collections and the nonfiction books The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club and Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull. Her novella “The Bris” was chosen to appear in Best American Short Stories, edited by Stephen King. Pollack graduated with a BS in physics from Yale and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. In The Professor of Immortality (Delphinium) professor Maxine Sayers once founded the Institute of Future Studies, a program dedicated to studying the effects of technology on our culture and finding ways to prolong human life. But when her beloved husband dies, she is so devastated she can barely get out of bed. To make matters worse, her son, Zach, has abruptly quit his job in Silicon Valley and been out of contact for seven months. Maxine is jolted from her grief by her sudden suspicion that a favorite former student (and a former close friend of her son) might be a terrorist called the Technobomber and that Zach might either be involved in or become a victim. This compels her to set out and search for her son in order to warn and protect him. Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances, called The Professor of Immortality “a tragicomedy about the paradoxes of trying to be a decent human, and—maybe even trickier—of trying to be a decent mom. It’s also page by page a joy to read. Eileen Pollack is one of the smartest, funniest and most companionable novelists out there.”