The Atlas of Love

By Laurie Frankel
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312595388, 336pp.)

Publication Date: August 17, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.

Go


Description

“Beautifully written, a highly literate story of friendship, parenthood, and every other kind of love you can imagine.” —Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In

When Jill becomes both pregnant and single at the end of one spring semester, she and her two closest friends plunge into an experiment in tri-parenting, tri-schooling, and trihabitating as grad students in Seattle. Naturally, everything goes wrong, but in ways no one sees coming. Janey Duncan narrates the adventure of this modern family with hilarity and wisdom and shows how three lives are forever changed by (un)cooperative parenting, literature, and a tiny baby named Atlas who upends and uplifts their entire world. In this sparkling and wise debut novel, Frankel’s unforgettable heroines prove that home is simply where the love is.




About the Author

Laurie Frankel lives in Seattle and teaches in the English Department at the University of Puget Sound. This is her first novel.




Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. Which of the three main characters do you identify with most?Who do you identify with least?Do these three seem too different to be such close friends?Do you have friends with whom you don’t have much in common, but you love them to death anyway?What holds friendships like these together?




Praise For The Atlas of Love

"Frankel's debut is a wonderful literary treat that offers a fresh twist on the modern family, one that relies on the bonds of women." --Library Journal (starred)

"This beautifully written debut novel offers something for everyone—humor, richly drawn characters and a tender exploration of love, friendship and food."--LA Times Magazine

"It’s been a long time since I’ve been as charmed by a book as I was by this beautifully written, highly literate story of friendship, parenthood, and every other kind of love you can imagine. I was captivated by Janey, a narrator whose wit and generous spirit caused me to forget that she wasn’t a flesh and blood person—and to wish that she were.”

--Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me

“Packed full of hilarious and insightful observations on life, love, and literature, The Atlas of Love deftly explores the boundaries of friendship and family, and the true meaning of motherhood.” --J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement

“Immensely likable, playful and literary, this is a novel full of love."

--Cathleen Schine, author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

"The Atlas of Love is an engagingly funny novel with a memorable premise—three women graduate students from very different backgrounds team up to raise a child—that deepens into a moving and challenging meditation on the power and the limits of female friendship. Laurie Frankel writes with a light touch and a keen eye for detail, blending academic comedy and domestic drama with unusual skill.” --Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher

“Once in a great while, a book is so beautifully written that when you close it, all you can do is sit quietly and hold it to your chest.  Laurie Frankel's The Atlas of Love is that book.”

--Sandra Kring, author of The Book of Bright Ideas and Thank You For All Things

 

Indie Bookstore Finder

Indie Bestsellers

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
Scribner Book Company
Landline
Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press
New and Selected Poems
David Lehman
Scribner
Still Some Cake
James Cummins
Carnegie-Mellon University Press

Make Your Own Wishlist








Update Profile