EXCERPT: "Archangel,” by Andrea Barrett

  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Andrea Barrett won a National Book Award in 1996 for “Ship Fever and Other Stories.” A later book, “Servants of the Map,” a novel, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new collection, “Archangel,” consists of just five stories set between 1873 and 1939, a time of great change in scientific understanding. Here’s how the first story, “The Investigators,” set in 1908, begins:

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