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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting and extraordinary book.”

    Julie Orringer, New York Times bestselling author of How to Breathe Underwater

  • “Love and death; our two greatest mysteries. Not many writers have the guts or the skill to take them on at the same time, but Nicholas Montemarano has both. With The Book of Why, he’s managed a seemingly impossible feat—using language to delineate, with great compassion and precision, that which appears ineffable.”

    Ron Currie Jr., author of Everything Matters!

  • “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, part eerily beautiful. I wanted to share 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

  • The Book of Why presents a compulsively readable mystery; it is impossible to resist how persuasively Montemarano plays with the metaphysics of love and desire.”

    Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

  • “Eric’s poignant loss reminds us all of the fragility of relationships and of the hard truths we find difficult to face.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A beautiful journey of self-discovery that will inspire readers.”

    Booklist

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About the Author

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 short stories have appeared in Zoetrope, EsquireTin House, and The Pushcart Prize. He is associate professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.