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Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders," continues to garner praise

July 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders, continues to garner praise. The debut novel from the acclaimed writer was recently reviewed by Twin Cities literary critic Amy Goetzman in MinnPost, calling "Theory of Remainders" "eminently readable" and saying "Carpenter does a masterful job of conjuring a complicated psychological and cultural landscape." The novel has also been named a "Bound to Please" title in Reach magazine, the alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

“Theory Of Remainder” (Winter Goose Publishing) tells the tale of a father who seeks the truth about a traumatic past. Despite a career spent helping others, psychiatrist Philip Adler has never recovered from the loss of his own daughter fifteen years ago. When a funeral draws him back to his ex-wife’s homeland of France, the trip impels him to confront the past in a final search for answers, closure, and his daughter’s body.

Kirkus Review calls “Theory Of Remainders” “complex and ingenious” and bestowed its coveted star on the release; starred reviews are awarded only to books deemed to be of “exceptional merit.”

According to Kirkus Review, the novel “weaves together the consequences of a horrific trauma and the thirst for both vengeance and acceptance with explorations of the human mind, family dynamics and the complexities of language.” All in all, “fully realized characters, a remarkable fluency of language, wit, and an extensive comprehension of French culture and history make this literary novel a stellar achievement.”

Carpenter is in the midst of a busy tour in support of "Theory of Remainders." Upcoming appearances include:

  • Saturday, July 27, 2-4 p.m., Har Mar Barnes & Noble, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, Minn.
  • Sunday, August 4, 1-3 p.m., Sister Wolf Books, Dorset, Minn.
  • Saturday, August 10, 1 p.m., Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway St., Alexandria, Minn.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., reading, discussion & signing at the "Grande Salle" of the Alliance Française, 113 N First Street, Minneapolis
  • Wednesday, September 25, 4 p.m., reading & signing at the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum
  • November 7, 7 p.m., reading & signing at The Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street
  • November 16, 6 p.m., Sponsored by the Alliance Française of Chicago: reading, lecture & signing at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
  • December 11, Details TBA: Panel at the American Library of Paris, including reading & signing, 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France

Scott Dominic Carpenter is a professor of French at Carleton College and the author of the recent short story collection, “This Jealous Earth” (MG Press, 2013). A Pushcart Prize nominee, Carpenter has published broadly in literary journals. His work has been included in the “Best Indie Lit New England 2012.”

More information about Carpenter and “Theory Of Remainders” can be found online at and