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"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." ? Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge
Self-help writer Eric Newborn's motivational books have spawned a legion of devoted followers who swear that his ideas have pulled their lives from the brink. But after Eric can't save his own wife from dying, he finds himself at a loss ? the power of positive thinking is simply not enough to overcome his grief. Retreating to the home he and his wife ...
"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." — Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge
Self-help writer Eric Newborn's motivational books have spawned a legion of devoted followers who swear that his ideas have pulled their lives from the brink. But after Eric can't save his own wife from dying, he finds himself at a loss — the power of positive thinking is simply not enough to overcome his grief. Retreating to the home he and his wife shared on Martha's Vineyard, Eric, with his dog as his closest companion, attempts to distance himself from the teachings he has come to hate.
But when a woman named Sam shows up at his door one night five years later, Eric must finally confront his heartache and reconcile his worldview with the pain he has suffered.
At once a powerful love story, a stirring portrait of a soul laid bare by grief, and a celebration of coincidence, connection, and the belief that true love never dies, The Book of Why explores the deep powers of the heart and mind to shape the world around us, blurring the lines between loss and love, fate and free will, despair and joy.
"A fascinating tale of faith, doubt.... An extraordinarily interesting book." — Carolyn See, The Washington Post
"I love Nicholas Montemarano's writing. He turns the lights up so bright on the beauty of daily life that the dark places he goes leave you gasping. The Book of Why is a breath-taking show of love and hope, of disappearing acts, of restorative reappearances. It is, in a word, magic." — Rachel DeWoskin, author of Big Girl Small
"Love and death: our two greatest mysteries. Not many writers have the guts or the skill to take them on at the same time, but Nicholas Montemarano has both. With The Book of Why, he's managed a seemingly impossible feat-using language to delineate, with great compassion and precision, that which appears ineffable." — Ron Currie, Jr., author of Everything Matters!
"Nicholas Montemarano is a brilliant storyteller with a poet's heart-and The Book of Why is an intricately constructed narrative, part riveting, part reverie, entirely beautiful. I wanted this novel to last forever, and still I could not bear to put it down-kind of like life itself." — Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Late Wife
"The Book of Why presents a compulsively readable mystery; it is impossible to resist how persuasively Montemarano plays with the metaphysics of love and desire." — Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia
"This is a weighty book that's hard to put down." — Hello Giggles
PRAISE FOR NICHOLAS MONTEMARANO:
"Remarkable . . . deft storytelling and ruthless honesty . . . as dark and dazzling as a mine shaft studded with diamonds." — The New York Times Book Review
"An American stylist capable of redeeming our darkest dreams." — Jayne Anne Phillips
"One of my favorite contemporary short-story writers, and, for my money, among the best we've got." — Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me
"Dark, powerful . . . Montemarano handles brutality and abjection with ambiguity and subtlety." — Publishers Weekly
"Montemarano's writing is sure and clear and direct. He describes the banalities of everyday life with clinical precision." — San Francisco Chronicle—
Posted February 22, 2013
Enjoyable read. The book makes you question what is all the rage (I.e "Law of Attraction"). It doesn't provide all the answers but makes you question the why. Keep a hankie handy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2013
Why, Why, Why??.....well, why not!...going along with the self help guru turned disallusioned widower...the only love left being with the dog...going along with the i want to be alone and remember every moment of before...going along with the possibility of our dearly departed loved one reaching back to communicate with us.....but the rest of it......why?...no, really......Why???Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
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