The Laws of Attraction

The Laws of Attraction

by Howard Reiss

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BN ID: 2940150521834
Publisher: Krance Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
File size: 395 KB

About the Author

"The Laws of Attraction" is Howard Reiss' third novel.

Howard Reiss' second novel, "The Year of Soup" was inspired by a dinner at a small restaurant in Northampton, Mass. when an old professorial looking gentlemen with a bottle of wine in a paper bag sat down at a table in the corner and was immediately joined by the young, female proprietor and chef. Although he couldn't hear their conversation, he tried to imagine it and their stories as well. This novel received the Silver Medal for Best Fiction in the North-East Region at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013.

Howard Reiss' first novel, "A Family Institution," published in 2011, was based on a true incident involving the discovery of an aunt hidden from the family who spent most of her life in Pilgrim State Hospital. The main character's quest for the truth about what happened takes him to Pilgrim State where he takes a job in the records department, learns a lot about how the mentally ill and, in particular, his aunt was treated in the 1950s, and in the process turns his life and family upside down. It's a serious subject approached with a strong comic touch and has been a growing favorite of book clubs around the country.

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The Laws of Attraction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite The Laws of Attraction by Howard Reiss is a very insightful and quirky legal thriller following the trial in which the sons of the recently deceased 88-year-old Ben Everett are challenging his will, as he’s left his fortune (the whole $50 million of it) to his new 24-year-old wife, Susannah. But if anyone thinks this is the typical ‘old man falls for saucy young woman’ story, think again, as in this novel nothing is what it seems at first. Susannah’s extraordinary claim that she is the reincarnate of Ben’s first wife, and so entitled to everything he has, throws the whole town and country into commotion. The strange testimonies discussing the eternal soul and reincarnation, the various revelations about Susannah’s past, and the way everybody’s beliefs are tested all make for a page-turner. The Laws of Attraction happens mainly in a court room, but it is not at all one-dimensional or boring because of that. The fact that Howard Reiss graduated law school is obvious, not only in the court procedures described, but also in the way he details the rationale behind everything the attorney says or does in court, and I personally found that very interesting. When choosing the words or even describing the facial expressions, there are so many things to consider - the judge’s awareness that the trial is on TV, the jurors’ own personalities and agendas, the reaction of the witnesses, the new ideas one might give them, and so on. The storyline itself is quite unusual and from what could have been a risky subject Howard Reiss builds a very believable and professional trial, skilfully allowing for doubt until the end. The last chapter contains a final surprise which will either excite or disappoint the reader. For me, this intelligent mystery was a bit of a guilty reading pleasure.
Ariel341 More than 1 year ago
A great story about the trials and tribulations that occur within a family. This novel tells the story of an epic fight over an old man's estate. When the elderly man dies and leaves his entire estate to his new, very young wife, his sons are understandably upset. They hire an attorney to fight this will in court, however the man's young wife surprises everyone when she claims to be the reincarnate of his first wife who died many years ago. This leads to a fast-paced and exciting trial to determine who should get the estate. I loved learning about each character as the trial unfolded. And I love, love, loved the ending. (I won’t say anything else so I don’t give away any spoilers.)