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Right in the eye of the storm with Giles Foden's "Turbulence"
Right in the eye of the storm with Giles Foden's 'Turbulence'

TurbulenceA NovelGiles FodenAlfred A. Knopf: 318 pp., $25.95There is a game in which one child suggests several things — a rose, say, a chocolate cake, a steam engine — and another improvises a story linking them. Giles Foden's "Turbulence" pursues various themes: There is the tense effort by meteorologists in World War II to predict when the weather will allow the cross-Channel invasion of Normandy. There is the involvement of one of them, Henry Meadows, with a guru-like genius recluse who may have devised a weather-predicting formula, and with the recluse's stormily agitated wife. There is Henry's dream-like obsession with East Africa, where he was raised and where his parents were...

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