Author Interview: ‘Nova Jacobs’ Talks Her Debut Novel (Now In Paperback) The Last Equation Of Isaac Severy

Nova Jacobs holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is a recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for promoting science in film. Her debut novel The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, a literary mystery set in the world of mathematics, is out March 6, 2018 from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy. Check out her website here and Twitter.

This was done earlier this year when the book came out. It’s now available in paperback.

Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden.

While in Los Angeles for Isaac’s funeral, Hazel realizes she’s not the only one searching for his life’s work, and that the equation’s implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch.

As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac’s favorite son—a theoretical physicist—and a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel’s grasp. She must unravel a series of maddening clues hidden by Isaac inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives.

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