The Book That Matters Most: A Novel

The Book That Matters Most: A Novel

by Ann Hood


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An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.

Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

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ISBN-13: 9780393354096
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 197,219
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle. Her most recent book is the memoir Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food, and her writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe Paris Review, O Magazine, and Real Simple. The recipient of a Best American Travel Writing Award, among other honors, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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