The Book of Why: A Novel

The Book of Why: A Novel

by Nicholas Montemarano
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The Book of Why: A Novel by Nicholas Montemarano

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316188463
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 436,685
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection, If the Sky Falls (a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice) and a debut novel, A Fine Place. He is Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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The Book of Why: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Stevie Parham More than 1 year ago
such an interesting book, gives you a new outlook
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
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?, really......Why???