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A lifetime of friendship begins the day brothers Ed and Allard save Sarah from drowning in an icy river near their rural New Hampshire home. Though their paths diverge through the years, the connection between the three endures until a heartbreaking tragedy in the remote mountains of Wyoming forces Sarah and Allard to confront the unthinkable. In their grief, they find themselves on separate journeys that test the enduring bonds of their relationship and time’s unremitting power to heal. Poignant and ...

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A lifetime of friendship begins the day brothers Ed and Allard save Sarah from drowning in an icy river near their rural New Hampshire home. Though their paths diverge through the years, the connection between the three endures until a heartbreaking tragedy in the remote mountains of Wyoming forces Sarah and Allard to confront the unthinkable. In their grief, they find themselves on separate journeys that test the enduring bonds of their relationship and time’s unremitting power to heal. Poignant and transformative, The World as We Know It is subtle and heartrending—a love story of friendship, nature, and the surprising twists that can alter our destinies forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Critically-acclaimed Monninger, known for outstanding character development and lavish landscapes, does it again with this tale of young New Hampshire brothers and the world they construct. Ed and Allard live in a small room under a massive "dream map,” sharing visions of exploration and building a spectacular future. While ice-skating down the river, they find Sarah, a stranded girl stuck in the ice who changes the course of their adventures. The three become fast friends and, over the years, come to inhabit a world completely of their own. Determined to be wild-life filmmakers, they work to achieve some notoriety and discover everything mother nature has to offer. The love between this dogged, adventurous trio—especially the adolescent love of Allard and Sarah—is innocent, sincere, and touching. Monniger (Eternal on the Water) presents a fascinating exploration about true love, fate, and the roads taken in life. (Oct.)
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Praise for Eternal on the Water:

"Henry David Thoreau meets Nicholas Sparks in this poignant love story rooted in the forests of Maine...Monninger's keen eye for nature, subtle incorporation of indigenous myths and use of symbolism make for a memorable story of love and courage."
PW

Library Journal
The workshop in Allard Keer's basement is described as a "space that made visitors stop and silently evaluate their own lives." The same could be said for the characters in this latest novel from Monninger (Eternal on the Water), who live in such a peaceful and well-mannered way. Allard's family members seem contented and methodical as they pursue life and craft in a beautiful Northeastern setting. They live close to the land, working with wood, raising barns, and eventually starting a wildlife documentary company. The earnest efforts of Allard and his brother, Ed, are reliably rewarded; their first film gains notice, and they turn professional. When Sarah, Allard's lifelong love, decides to write, she is published immediately and begins a career writing nonfiction on animal rights. Conflict comes relatively late in the narrative, when a sudden tragedy threatens to unravel the core relationship in the book: that between soul mates Allard and Sarah. VERDICT This ruminative, poetic novel may resonate with modern fiction readers as well as lovers of the outdoors.—John R. Cecil, Texas State Lib. & Archives, Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470838430
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 7
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning YA novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters, and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dog sled team.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    A must read book!

    I picked this book because the reviews were good. It is divided into three parts. Part one almost lost me. The writing was beautiful but the relationship between the two main characters seemed almost too perfect. If I had put down the book and not finished I would have missed out on something great. Part two pulls you back in and Part three is simply stunning. The book was very well written. The descriptions of the scenery made you feel close to the land. The way the author described the emotions in the last two parts of the book took me by surprise. I did FEEL what they felt. It did not come across as forced or fake. I would highly recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    The World As We Know It

    This book is the story of brothers Ed and Allard and the girl they save from drowning one winter day in New Hampshire. It is the tale of their friendship and the love that Al and Sarah (the girl) have for one another. It follows them as they raise pigeons in their barn, start filming them and become documentary filmmakers. It also shows the development of the true love that Sara and Al feel for one another. And then one day a tragic event occurs that chances everything.

    This is an inspirational novel of love and friendship in the same vein as Nicholas Sparks. It will leave you teary-eyed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Most Astounding Book Ever!

    This book just really amazed me! I could not put it down, I cried, laughed, and felt basically every type of emotion there is while reading this fantastic book. '' The World As We Know It'' was the best book that I have ever read! This is a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in it. Anyway, in the book there are three main characters consisting of Allard, Ed (Edward), and Sarah. The entire story is told from Allard's point of view. In the beginning they all meet by Ed and Allard save Sarah's life and her dog Natasha's life. They were skating when they broke through. Ever since Allard and Sarah have always liked each other. Then many years later after Allard and Sarah being together, Allard proposes to Sarah in the exact place wher they first met( at the time they were still in college). Shortly later as a bachelor's party thing Ed decides to take Allard on camping trip. As they were heading back (down a different trail) Ed had gotten his legs stuck between two boulders. Allard tried hard to save him, but Ed had died. Sarah and Allard didn't get married until two years later after being seperated because Allard left her then when they came back for Thanksgiving Allard proffessed his love for Sarah. Shortly later they got married. Six years later they have a kid named Sam Ed. This book just took my breath away, anyone should read when they have a chance to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great read

    Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Loved it!

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Monninger. I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    riverting

    wonderful reading- couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Lulu

    *She grins insanely, then she falls over.* Gah. Hi.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Samael

    You used to make me cry... *he sings softly.* ...but one day you'll wipe every tear from my eye...

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