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The Why of Things by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
  

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A riveting new novel by the bestselling author of DECEMBER, a Richard & Judy pick.

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The Why of Things by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

As the summer begins, the Jacobs family arrive at their holiday home in Massachusetts, only to find that a truck has been driven into their water-filled quarry and a young man has drowned. It is a dreadful echo of another recent death: the suicide of Joan and Anders' eldest daughter. When details emerge of the man's identity, fifteen-year-old Eve becomes obsessed with proving that his death wasn't an accident, while her little sister unwittingly adopts his orphaned dog. Joan is more interested in tracking down the drowned man's mother, while Anders, who cannot talk about his own daughter's death, doesn't want to get involved. As they simultaneously try to adjust to their own loss and absorb this apparent tragedy, each in their own way confronts life's normal hurdles - growing up, sustaining a marriage, facing the future. Here are characters so vividly imagined and drawn with such emotional insight that they leap off the page. When the summer ends, you will not want to let them go.

Reviews

Once again, Elizabeth Winthrop conjures light from a dark place in her beautifully constructed, touching novel. * Christine Schutt, bestselling author of Prosperous Friends * Compelling . . . Winthrop reflects the emotions of each character perfectly. She captures the heartache and unravels the small personal triumphs of each life to create the bigger picture. * Press Association * Elegantly written, insightful and haunting. It is emotionally raw but never saccharine, tender but powerful, and well captures the feelings of sadness and uncertainty that follow deaths like those of Sophie and Farvazza - but also the resilience and hopefulness that come, surprisingly and tentatively, to those left in their wake. * Bookreporter.com * A fast-paced entertaining summer read. * People * Totally engrossing from start to finish. Winthrop's scene building is captivating, her characterization intricately layered, and her ability to build tension both preternatural and Hitchcockian - the suspense accumulating so subtly that you don't notice you're getting wound up 'til you put the book down to take a break and suddenly your teeth are clenched. * Ploughshares * Often, after a tragedy, we wonder how people find the will to put one foot ahead of the other, to somehow move forward. In many ways, Winthrop has written a novel about continuance . . . her message, as complex as it is simple, is that the unendurable can and will be endured only if one chooses to go on. * New York Times Book Review * With insight, respect and luminous clarity . . . This haunting, shimmering novel reminds us how all of us know our families: with unimaginable intimacy, and hardly at all. * Andrew Solomon *


About the Author

Elizabeth H. Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Harvard University in 2001 with a BA in English and American Literature and Language, and in 2004 she received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of California at Irvine. Her stories have appeared in a variety of publications including the Missouri Review and the Indiana Review. Fireworks, her first novel, was published by Sceptre in 2006, and her second, December, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for 2009. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter and St. Bernard.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Elizabeth H. Winthrop

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Author's Website

www.elizabethhartleywinthro...

Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781444755497

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