The Book Of Why: A Novel

Paperback | February 11, 2014

byNicholas Montemarano

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"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." -- Julie Orringer, author ofThe 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 Whyexplores 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.

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"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." -- Julie Orringer, author ofThe Invisible BridgeSelf-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 ...

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection,If the Sky Falls(aNew York TimesBook 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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316188468

ISBN - 13:9780316188463

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"Montemarano's writing is sure and clear and direct. He describes the banalities of everyday life with clinical precision." -- San Francisco Chronicle-