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The Explanation for Everything: A Novel

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    I received this book from Devourer of Books in order to particip

    I received this book from Devourer of Books in order to participate in her book club.  

    Oh how I wanted to like The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein more.  Really.  It seems like a good concept: Man has a fabulous life and wife.  Man loses wife.  Man believes in evolution.  Maybe man will find G-d.  

    But no. . . Professor Andy Waite is an evolutionist, a believer in the Darwinian field.  He's also a college professor and teaches a class about how there is no G-d.  A few years ago, Andy lost his wife to a drunk driving accident (the other guy was drunk) and has to raise his two girls on his own.  Then Melissa, a student, enters his life and complicates things.  This stuff I liked.  

    Then Andy started to doubt his beliefs and wonder if there really was something bigger out there, a purpose besides science.  This doubt just felt really unbelievable to me.  Here's why: Andy is a professor and a self-proclaimed Darwinist.  It's been his belief for years.  He knows a lot about science and evolution, he met his wife with these strong feelings, he teaches a class on it at the college where he works.  

    He stuck to his beliefs through his wife's death, through the six years that followed his wife's death. 

    Then all of a sudden, some young student walks into the picture asking questions about how we are too complicated to be just randomly evolved, and oh, he starts to doubt.  That just didn't seem to fit with Andy's past and his present.  If there was a time to doubt, why not when his wife was killed?  Why not years ago?  Now?  Six years later?  I didn't buy it.  

    Even with that, I didn't hate the book.  I'm rating it 3 stars, which is "good" but not anything special.  

    Have you read this book?  What do you think? 

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    somewhat disappointed

    I purchased this book based on its selection by the Washington Post as one of 50 notable fiction selections of 2013. It did not live up to expectations. The premise, a discourse between Darwinian evolutionists and creationists, seemed as though it would make an interesting foundation for a story. Instead, this theme was relegated to the background and I found myself somewhat let down by the eventual direction of the story. That being said, the writing was good and some will find this an uplifting novel.

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