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The Book of Why: A Novel | [Nicholas Montemarano]

The Book of Why: A Novel

The power to solve your problems is within you - with the right sense of belief, the mind's ability to create success, happiness, and health is limitless. At least that's the philosophy of self-help author Eric Newborn, whose books and lectures have spawned a legion of devoted followers who swear that his ideas have pulled their lives from the brink. But after the traumatic loss of his wife, Eric is left to face the darker side of his own teachings, living as a recluse in the home they shared on Martha's Vineyard, struggling to reconcile his worldview with the pain he has suffered. It's a fundamental question that haunts him: Why?
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Publisher's Summary

A novel that asks if love ever really has to die...

The power to solve your problems is within you - with the right sense of belief, the mind's ability to create success, happiness, and health is limitless.

At least that's the philosophy of self-help author Eric Newborn, whose books and lectures have spawned a legion of devoted followers who swear that his ideas have pulled their lives from the brink. But after the traumatic loss of his wife, Eric is left to face the darker side of his own teachings, living as a recluse in the home they shared on Martha's Vineyard, struggling to reconcile his worldview with the pain he has suffered. It's a fundamental question that haunts him: Why?

When a fan with questions forces Eric to face the world once again, he's put on a path that might lead him toward the closure he seeks, but in astounding ways he could never begin to dream.

At once a stirring portrait of a soul laid bare by grief and a celebration of coincidence and the magic of real connection, 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, and despair and joy.

©2013 Nicholas Montemarano (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Nicholas Montemarano is a brilliant storyteller with a poet's heart - and The Book of Why is an intricately constructed narrative, part riveting, part reverie, entirely beautiful. I wanted this novel to last forever, and still I could not bear to put it down - kind of like life itself." (Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Late Wife)

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

"An American stylist capable of redeeming our darkest dreams." (Jayne Anne Phillips on Nicholas Montemarano)

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