Readers of Catherine Chung’s debut novel, FORGOTTEN COUNTRY, have been eagerly anticipating her follow-up, and THE TENTH MUSE does not disappoint. Richly rendered and sweeping in scope, Chung’s second novel places a truly singular woman in the crosshairs of family, love, ambition and history. We are so excited to share this excerpt with you.    I suppose I should warn you that I tell a story like a woman: looping into myself, interrupting. Things have never seemed straightforward to me, the path has never been clear. When I was a child, first discovering numbers, the secrets they yielded, the power they held, I imagined I would live my life unchecked, knocking down problem after problem that was set before me. And in the beginning, because I outstripped my classmates, my parents and even my teachers, it seemed possible that it would be so. That was pure hubris. I would have been better off reading Greek tragedies. The first thing I remember being said of me with any consistency was that I was intelligent, or quick — and I recognized even then that it was a comment leveled at me with disapproval as much as admiration. Still, I never tried to hide or suppress my mind a...