by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle tells the story of Jonah, a writer who sets out to write a book about the bombing of Hiroshima. As he learns more about the mysterious Felix Hoenikker, creator of the bomb, he becomes closer to his three children, who each harbor a piece of a secret capable of destroying the world. The people he meets along the way, his self-described karass, will carry him from home, to the island nation of San Lorenzo, and eventually to the end of days. In his search for the truth, he discovers lies, love, and creative new ways of thinking about the concept of truth.
Wildly creative, darkly humorous, and complete with romance, adventure, a Central American dictatorship, and an entirely new religion, Cat's Cradle asks and answers important questions about family, the nature of the truth, the ethics of scientific curiosity, and the legacies we leave on this earth after we die. It paints a picture of a dysfunctional family whose need for love consumes them so much, that they pay for it with the destruction of humanity. A true classic of contemporary American literature, it has influenced countless people throughout the twentieth century, and today.