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Biology professor Andy Waite is finally beginning to pick up the pieces years after a drunk driver killed his wife. Between finishing his research and taking care of his young daughters, he has reasons to get through the day, and most days he does without falling apart. That is, until a young female student enters his life and turns it upside down.

Melissa Potter is a passionate evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper about Creationism. She makes Andy’s Darwinian ...

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Overview

Biology professor Andy Waite is finally beginning to pick up the pieces years after a drunk driver killed his wife. Between finishing his research and taking care of his young daughters, he has reasons to get through the day, and most days he does without falling apart. That is, until a young female student enters his life and turns it upside down.

Melissa Potter is a passionate evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper about Creationism. She makes Andy’s Darwinian certainty—and his grief—a personal challenge. As she chips away at his committed atheism, he begins to realize the emptiness that he’s been living with for too long. But when the relationship turns romantic, the boundaries he’s worked so hard to maintain—personally and professionally—start to blur, and soon it’s unclear what kind of deliverance he really needs.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Grodstein handles everything with a subtle wit, managing to skewer both the ultraconservative and the ultraliberal without making either seem absolutely wrong.”
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“This engaging, and provocative novel is hard to put down. Highly recommended.”
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“Narrator Rick Adamson shines in his depiction of this novel’s characters. . . . This thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying novel is rendered even more so by Adamson.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622312511
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 8.5 hours
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

RICK ADAMSON's voiceover credits include industrials and commercials for radio, television, and audiobook recordings, including The Secret and Younger Next Year.

LAUREN GRODSTEIN is the author of three previous works of fiction, most recently the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her website is www.laurengrodstein.com.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    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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