The Atlas of Love: A Novel

The Atlas of Love: A Novel

by Laurie Frankel
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The Atlas of Love: A Novel by Laurie Frankel

Nothing puts love and friendship to the test quite like a baby...

When Jill becomes both pregnant and single at the end of one spring semester, she and her two closest friends plunge into an experiment in tri-parenting, tri-schooling, and tri-habitating as grad students in Seattle. Naturally, everything goes wrong, but in ways no one sees coming. Janey Duncan narrates the adventure of this modern family with hilarity and wisdom and shows how three lives are forever changed by (un)cooperative parenting, literature, and a tiny baby named Atlas, who upends and uplifts their entire world. In this sparkling and wise debut novel, The Atlas of Love, Frankel's unforgettable heroines prove that home is simply where the love is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312595388
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.78(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

LAURIE FRANKEL is the author of The Atlas of Love, and Goodbye for Now. She writes, reads, and even occasionally sleeps in Seattle, Washington where she lives in the city with her husband, her border collie, and her four-year-old who strongly believes sleep is for the weak (or childless).

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The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Jane Duncan and her two graduate school friends Katie and Jill have found themselves in a situation they have never faced before - parenting. They are well educated, independent and accomplished women who met by coincidence and became friends despite their differences and will stand by Jill especially now that the father is walking away. Jill's pregnancy and her son Atlas's birth force the overachieving threesome to come up with a plan to all stay in school, take care of the baby and still have lives. What none of them counted on was life really giving them something they could not read about in a book. No one can really educate you on how to care for a baby regardless of how many classes you take. But Janey and her friends may have men in and out of their lives, religious differences, family issues and some knockdown, drag out fights but they always knew they had each other right? When Jill's wandering baby daddy comes back into her life is it because he wants both Jill and his son or just to visit and play house? Then a terrible double dose of tragedy hits these friends and they learn fast whether they are going to survive as friends let alone as critical people in Atlas's life. The difficult part for Janey was not loving Atlas or stepping up to take of him when he needed it but the reality of letting go when Jill makes the decision that changes everything is almost unbearable for her. You always build a new life but there are times you want to drag every part of your old life with you. This book is about so much more than the love of a baby and how friends come through regardless of what is going on in anothers life. This book is about showing in detail those things as they happen and how these people deal with the good, bad and difficult days and nights that you live through day after day.
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IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
What makes us a family? Sharing the same mother and father? Our siblings or grandparents? What about the close family friend who, as long as you can remember, you called Uncle So and So even though he is not your mother's brother or your father's. And your best friend. . . is she family? She may not be your sister, but you certainly feel as though she is. In The Atlas of Love, the debut novel by Laurie Frankel, this question is pushed to its limits. No matter how we plan our lives, right down to the smallest detail, our lives often take an unexpected turn. For Jill, this occurs when she learns she's pregnant and her boyfriend isn't thrilled to become a father. As he fades from her life, best friends Janey and Katie step in and offer to co-parent. The three friends are also graduate students and devise a plan that will allow each to attend and teach class, study and take care of Jill's baby. After Jill gives birth, neither woman is prepared for what comes next. The Atlas of Love is told in Janey's voice. Janey is the peacemaker of the group. She definitely takes care of everyone (she cooks all the meals) and puts her friends' needs in front of her own. Katie is the romantic. She is looking to marry and have children. Each time she dates a new guy, she looks at him as being The One. And then there's Jill. She's the hardest one for me to describe. At times she can be kind and sweet, while at other times she's downright selfish and entitled. Despite their planning, this new living arrangement begins to spin out of control. A medical emergency will cause each woman to evaluate her life as well as their friendship. As each woman begins her own journey, the meaning of family will begin to take shape. How each defines family will be different, however necessary as all three women begin a new chapter in their lives. The Atlas of Love is a novel that should not be missed. Frankel is a talented author. I am looking forward to reading her future works.
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Fun and intelligent at the same time, this book made me want to thank all the "moms" in my life. I enjoyed the literary references, the zany characters, in particular Katie, and wanted to stick around to find out what happens next.
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This book was a great read with well-drawn characters and a compelling story line. Although the plot seemed rather predictable at the beginning of the book, the story unfolds in unexpected directions. The literary references woven throughout the book are an added bonus, and the author's insights into how literary themes relate to the authentic dilemmas we all experience are well articulated. Descriptions of relationships among friends, family, and lovers are rich, real, and presented with great wisdom and wit.