The Book of Why

A Novel
By Nicholas Montemarano (Electronic Book, 2013)
"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." -- Julie Orringer, author of The 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 Why explores 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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316188487

    • On Sale Date: 01/08/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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"This is a haunting and extraordinary book." -- Julie Orringer, author of The 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 Why explores 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.

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection, If the Sky Falls (a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice) and a debut novel, A Fine Place. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize (2003) and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories four times. He is Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

  • THE BOOK OF WHY by Nicholas Montemarano

  • PRAISE FOR NICHOLAS MONTEMARANO:

    "Remarkable . . . deft storytelling and ruthless honesty . . . as dark and dazzling as a mine shaft studded with diamonds." (The New York Times Book Review
    ).

  • "An American stylist capable of redeeming our darkest dreams."

  • "One of my favorite contemporary short-story writers, and, for my money, among the best we've got." (author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me).

  • "Dark, powerful . . . Montemarano handles brutality and abjection with ambiguity and subtlety." (Publishers Weekly 
    ).

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

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The Book of Why
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN-13: 9780316188487
  • On Sale Date: 01/08/2013
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