The Fragile World

The Fragile World

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From the author of stunning debut The Mourning Hours comes a powerful new novel that explores every parent's worst nightmare... The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test. And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a "freak" road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong. An emotionally charged novel, The Fragile World is a journey through America's heartland and a family's brightest and darkest moments, exploring the devastating pain of losing a child and the beauty of finding the way back to hope. "Heart-stopping. A gripping read that delivers a beautiful reminder of the resilience of love." --Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls
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Product details

  • Paperback | 415 pages
  • 139 x 217 x 29mm | 318g
  • Canada
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0778316769
  • 9780778316763
  • 1,158,852

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"Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, Paula Treick DeBoard's bold novel, The Fragile World, chronicles the heartbreaking dissolution of a family after tragic loss. Exquisitely told, this bold and moving story is a study in grief and the transforming power of love. Absolutely unforgettable." -New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Gudenkauf"A heart-stopping series of events drives The Fragile World, as Paula Treick DeBoard skillfully alternates between a father and daughter dealing with tragic loss. The result is a gripping read, but one that delivers, by the book's end, a beautiful reminder of the resilience of love." -Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls"A coming-of-age tale about a family in crisis expertly told by Ms. DeBoard. The Fragile World examines how profound loss changes all who are forced to come to terms with it. Touching and compelling, it will move you."-Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark and The Resurrection of Tess Blessing."Assured storytelling propels DeBoard's first novel.... What most compels is the observant Kirsten's account of how a small town and a family disintegrate under the weight of the tragedy."-Publishers Weekly on The Mourning Hours"Rich and evocative...compelling."-RT Book Reviews on The Mourning Hours
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877 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 18% (159)
4 39% (343)
3 31% (271)
2 10% (84)
1 2% (20)
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