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Biology professor Andy Waite is finally beginning to pick up the pieces years after a drunk driver killed his wife. Between finishing his research and taking care of his young daughters, he has reasons to get through the day, and most days he does without falling apart. That is, until a young female student enters his life and turns it upside down.

Melissa Potter is a passionate evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper about Creationism. She makes Andy’s Darwinian certainty, and his grief, a personal challenge. As she chips away at his committed atheism, he begins to realize the emptiness that he’s been living with for too long. But when the relationship turns romantic, the boundaries he’s worked so hard to maintain, personally and professionally, start to blur, and soon it’s unclear what kind of deliverance he really needs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At once a novel of ideas and a deeply felt story of love, loss, hope, and the healing powers of forgiveness, The Explanation for Everything is a provocative, moving story, and a beautifully written one.”

    Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion

  • “Lauren Grodstein proves herself a master storyteller. The Explanation for Everything 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. I want everyone I love to read it.”

    Ben Schrank, author of Love Is a Canoe

  • “Confident, tender, and engaging, Grodstein’s The Explanation for Everything is not so much a book about ideas but about the people who believe them: troubled academics, tired mothers, zealous teens. Harnessing the tension between our spiritual and rational instincts, Grodstein explores the dangers of certitude, the power of conviction, and the spiritual quality of love and loss, the way those feelings take us to the very brink of being, of questioning who we are and what we believe.”

    Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise

  • “Why do any of us act the way we do? Is it our beliefs or our biology that shapes us? Lauren Grodstein considers this eternal question through the story of Andrew Waite, scientist, father, widower, struggling to raise two daughters, living with the ghost of his wife, facing a test of his faith in science. There are no easy answers here, just the honest complexity of human beings trying their best to be good people. The Explanation for Everything is moving, beautiful, and wonderfully funny.”

    Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver

  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
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About the Author
Author Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein is the author of the collection The Best of Animals and several novels, including Reproduction Is the Flaw of Love, which was both a Breakout Book selection from Amazon.com and a Borders Original Voices pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.