Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781401322823, 344pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2009
"You may think you know the drama at the center of this accomplished debut novel: the agony and the joy that attends a heart transplant operation. Please, think again. Stephen Lovely has imagined his way deep into to the lives of his characters and evoked their varied experiences with remarkable insight and eloquence. In his sure hands it's all been made new the desperate grief, the wonder of a reclaimed life. Irreplaceable is a rich, poignant and powerful book."
-John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake
"Stephen Lovely's debut novel is wise, heartbreaking, funny, and human in every possible way. In this debut novel, he manages to humanize the sterile world of heart transplants, the faceless victims and lucky receivers of their organs, and the families who are touched forever by happenstance. Irreplaceable is unforgettable. I simply love this book."
-Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle
"Irreplaceable is tender and dear. It explores the mystery and vagaries of life, with such gentle understanding of the way things can fall apart in an instant and, just as suddenly, come together. Stephen Lovely knows the human heart."
-Luanne Rice, author of Last Kiss