Following the overwhelming success of her second novel, Heft, Liz Moore, Associate Professor of Writing and Coordinator of Humanities, has officially released her third novel, The Unseen World.
The Unseen World tells the story of Ada Sibelius, the daughter of David, an eccentric and socially inept single father who runs a computer lab located in Boston. Ada joins David during his daily work—becoming a protégé along the way. While David's lab begins to gain success, questions regarding his past start to surface. With David's mind failing, Ada is determined to discover her father's secrets.
“I was inspired to write the story of a girl who grew up in Boston in the 1980s with a computer scientist father because I grew up in the suburbs of Boston in the 1980s, and my own father is a scientist—though he's a physicist, not a computer scientist,” Moore said. “But that was only one grain of inspiration. The rest came out of being fascinated with the history of computer science and reading as much as I could get my hands on. The book took lots of wrong turns before I came up with a complete draft, but finally everything clicked into place about three years into the writing process.”
This book comes after the success of Moore’s 2012 novel, Heft, which was pegged by NPR and Oprah as a book to watch out for during the year.
“I always hope that my books will find their way into the hands of people who will truly enjoy them,” Moore said. “I do feel a sense of satisfaction on completing a novel and seeing it enter the world—it definitely takes a lot of mental energy and stamina to write a novel, so it's a great feeling when it's finally packaged and out there.”
The response to Moore’s latest novel has been positive. Reviewing her latest book, The Washington Post said, “Set in the 1980s in the pre-Internet days of the emergence of artificial intelligence, this is a novel that artfully straddles genres. It is a rich and convincing period piece that captures daily life in the modest neighborhood of Dorchester in an era of wall-mounted phones, frozen Salisbury steak dinners and first-generation home computers, like Ada’s 128K Macintosh…”
Dr. Shelly Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has been thrilled with the success that has come from Moore’s accomplishments, knowing that it creates an excellent opportunity for students to speak to an accomplished author.
"We are very excited about the publication of Liz's new book and to have her on our faculty,” Robbins said. “Students in our writing classes have a celebrated novelist as their writing professor. There is no better way to learn to write well than to have a professional provide you with feedback on your work."