Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.36 × 2.37 × 0.46 in
Published: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1101874082
ISBN - 13: 9781101874080
Read from the Book
"I WAKE up and perform the usual rituals—brushing my teeth, getting dressed for work, going into the children’s bedroom to wake them up, making break- fast for everyone, smiling, and saying how good life is. In every minute and gesture I feel a weight I can’t identify, like an ani- mal who can’t quite understand how it got caught in the trap. My food has no taste. My smile, on the other hand, grows even wider so that no one will suspect, and I swallow my desire to cry. The light outside seems gray. Yesterday’s conversation did no good at all; I’m starting to think that I’m headed out of the indignant phase and straight into apathy. And does no one notice? Of course not. After all, I’m the last person in the world to admit that I need help. This is my problem; the volcano has exploded and there’s no way to put the lava back inside, plant some trees, mow the grass, and let the sheep out to graze. I don’t deserve this. I’ve always tried to meet everyone’s expectations. But now it’s happened and I can’t do anything about it except take medication. Perhaps today I’ll come up with an excuse to write an article about psychiatry and social security (the newspaper loves that kind of thing) and find a good psychiatrist to ask for help. I know that’s not ethical, but then not everything is. I don’t have an obsession to occupy my mind—for exam- ple, dieting or being OCD and finding
From the Publisher
The thought-provoking new novel from the international
bestselling author whose words change lives.
Linda knows she''s lucky.
Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day,
she feels like closing them again.
Her friends recommend medication.
But Linda wants to feel more, not less.
And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring,
and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife,
loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had
Even she can''t predict what will happen next...
About the Author
One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is
the author of many international best sellers,
Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven
Minutes, and Manuscript Found in Accra.
Translated into 80 languages, his books have sold more than 165
million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the
Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de
l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur. In 2007, he was named a
United Nations Messenger of Peace. Translated by Margaret Jull
Costa and Zoë Perry.
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"Propulsive.... A compelling tale of existential angst, marital
betrayal and sexual sin." --The Chicago Tribune
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