And Sometimes Why: A Novel

And Sometimes Why: A Novel

by Rebecca Johnson
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And Sometimes Why: A Novel by Rebecca Johnson

A "smart, sharply observant, even gently funny" (The Washington Post) debut novel of heartache and joy

Witty and surprising, Rebecca Johnson's first novel is about the unexpected links between one family and the world around them. Sophia and Darius have a well-worn marriage, two teenage daughters, and no foreseeable drama on the horizon. One morning, the two girls fight over the keys to the family car and set into motion an accident. The accident triggers a chain of events involving Harry, a still handsome B-list celebrity game-show host; Anton, a sexually repressed unemployed filmmaker; and Misty, who has reached month seven of what was supposed to be a six month campaign to make something of herself. Profoundly honest, this is a novel about the unpredictability of life, and the joy and heartache of how deeply one person's life can affect so many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452290075
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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And Sometimes Why 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
i didn't like this book and couldn;t get over my disgust with the tv show host, therefore i couldn't get into the book. i was highly disappointed with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had potential to be great but the characters were not realistic. I wasn't drawn to any of them and felt that there was a certain disconnect on all the story lines. The description of the book says something like all the characters choose unexpected paths with the same conclusion. There was NO conclusion and the characters hardly had any impact on each other or the outcome. Not one of the characters really had a profound effect on the others. The B-list actor wasn't at fault, the story line between he and Helen's mother was ridiculous, Anton had NOTHING to do with the story other than meeting Misty who also has NOTHING to do with the story. The story of Miranda was so far fetched does it matter AT ALL that she killed a wolf or that she even moved. The book lacked everything that makes a book great. I felt like the description is totally misleading and that the 3 great reviews must have been given by friends of the author. With the description I assumed these characters would be deeply involved and they basically meant nothing, just characters meant to fill spaces of an otherwise 50 page book.I'm an avid reader of all types of books and can easily read 2-3 books a week. I really feel the entire time spent reading was a waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in recent memory- can't wait for her to write more! The characters are funny, sharp, witty and beautifully drawn- think Larry McMurtry! Buy this book- you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story really pulled me in. I pretty much couldn't wait to see what would happen and finished it in two days. It's rare to find a novel like this that's deep and funny at the same time. I was drawn in by the opening -- a truly poignant scene of domestic happiness and tranquility -- the kind we usually fail to appreciate when we have it. What was amazing to me is that even when the tranquility is broken the writer still pulls off a story with passages and characters that truly made me laugh out loud. And she brings the story to an uplifting end that really helps you see the joy in the day- to-day of friends, family, work, life. I really recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And Sometimes Why is emotionally very impactful and I predict a big Summer hit. There is a very authentic feel to Johnson's story and characters with their ironic and very human situations. Rare to read a novel with so many entertaining characters in such unique and clever situations - very imaginative and insightful and somehow, no matter how odd the characters' traits, I could relate to them.