Meet Marisha Pessl, the twenty-eight year old whose first novel “Special Topics in Calamity Physics”—which has met with raves from critics (including a review on the front page of the New York Times Book Review)—garnered her a six-figure advance from a major New York publisher. Her husband Nic Caiano recently left J. P. Morgan Chase & Company to start a hedge fund with a partner. They live in a rented loft in Tribeca. The worst of it? We started reading Calamity Physics last night and, well, we actually like it!