Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Standard Deviation

byKatherine Heiny

Paperback | May 23, 2017

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'One of the funniest books you will ever read' Daily Mail'Standard Deviation is a marvel' Kate AtkinsonA divinely funny novel about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not takenA divinely funny novel about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken.Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel, talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son's Origami Club to Thanksgiving. She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting.In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger's, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham's life. Former spouses are hard to categorize - are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?

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Katherine Heiny is the author of Single, Carefree, Mellow, a fantastically received short story collection. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children.
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Title:Standard DeviationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008189889

ISBN - 13:9780008189884

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'Not only one of the funniest books you will ever read, but true and poignant, too. And Audra is one of the most memorable comic characters ever to leap from the pages of a book.' John Harding, Daily Mail'Audra Daltry is a singular creation - a character so funny, so appealing, so sure that she can change the world for her family that she will jump right off the page and take up permanent residence in your heart.' Kate Atikinson'Overtly unshowy, it is deceptively light-hearted and rueful, its sharpness masked in humour . There are some painfully hilarious exchanges, but underlying the jokes is an emotionally intelligent dissection of conflicting inner worlds .Measured on laughs per page, Heiny lives up to her promise.' Sunday Times'A book so funny and perceptive I want to be friends with its author' Laline Paull, author of The Bees'Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny' Louise Erdirch, New York Times'Wonderful . To spend 300-plus pages with Heiny's wry voice and colourful cast of characters is to love them, truly' Kirkus'Funny, delightful, and poignant beyond any reasonable expectations . The novel I'm recommending to everyone who asks, urging that they read it to cheer themselves up, laugh out loud, and ponder the complications and charm of everyday life. I can't think of better company, on the page, than Heiny' Omnivoracious'Irresistibly charming . A delightful, refreshing novel that illuminates the world of complicated relationships' Elin Hilderbrand, author of Here's to Us'Warmhearted and even funnier than Single, Carefree, Mellow . evoking the smart, stylish wit of Laurie Colwin, Nora Ephron, and Maria Semple' NPR'Standard Deviation bears a certain resemblance to the work of Anne Tyler' Shelf Awareness