The Explanation for Everything
By Lauren Grodstein
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781616201128, 335pp.)
Publication Date: September 2013
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As she did in the bestselling novel "A Friend of the Family, " Lauren Grodstein has written another provocative morality tale, this time dissecting the permeable line between faith and doubt.College professor Andy Waite is picking up the pieces of a shattered life. Between his research in evolutionary biology and caring for his young daughters, his days are reassurringly safe, if a bit lonely. But when Melissa Potter charismatic, unpredictable, and devout asks him to advise her study of intelligent design, he agrees. Suddenly, the world that Andy has fought to rebuild is rocked to its foundations. A well-crafted story of wayward souls searching for forgiveness, healing and personal truth. "Family Circle" Grodstein handles everything with a subtle wit, managing to skewer both the ultraconservative and the ultraliberal without making either seem absolutely wrong . . . Reminiscent of Carolyn Parkhurst s "Dogs of Babel." "Booklist" Finding or losing God proves to be an equally destabilizing tectonic shift, and this novel is full of them . . . Their cumulative force will leave you happily unsteady, and moved. "The Washington Post" A master storyteller . . . Tackles the tough topics: healing after loss, the relevance and possibility of the divine in our lives, the gilded shackles of academic life, and life in Southern New Jersey all while always being terrifically entertaining. *Ben Schrank, author of "Love Is a Canoe" Engrossing . . . You ll likely close the book with a new perspective on faith, justice, mercy, and the difficulty of holding a moral high ground. "Bust" A novel of ideas and a deeply felt story of love, loss, hope, and the healing powers of forgiveness . . . A provocative, moving story, and a beautifully written one. Dani Shapiro, author of "Devotion"