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The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.

Hours after Emma returns home from boarding school, she realizes that her mom is suffering from a schizophrenic episode. Suddenly Emma’s entire childhood and identity is called into question.

Desperate for answers, Emma turns to her boyfriend Daniel. Will he love her even if she goes crazy too? But it’s the lonely, brooding boy Emma meets while visiting her mother at the hospital who really understands Emma. Phil encourages Emma’s reckless need for hurt and pain in the face of all this change and she is soon caught in a complicated spiral of loss and mistrust.

In the span of just one winter break, Emma’s relationships alter forever and she is forced to see the wisdom in a line from Anna Karenina: “The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

A beautifully grounded coming-of-age novel, The Law of Loving Others demands that the listener accept the main character for who she is while creating deep sympathy for all that she is going through.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Axelrod has created a convincing portrait of a teen newly experiencing the step-by-step process of learning how to cope with a family member’s mental illness.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A riveting and heartbreaking story of every young person’s worst nightmare: the descent of a parent into madness. A great read by a great new writer to watch.”

    Blake Nelson, author of The Prince of Venice Beach

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About the Author

Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a BA in creative writing from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She has written for Nerve.com, Salon, and various other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system.