Love Is a Canoe

Love Is a Canoe

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Peter Hermanis something of a folk hero. "Marriage Is a Canoe," his legendary, decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hope-ful romantics and desperate cynics alike. He and his beloved wife lived a relatively peaceful life in upstate New York. But now it's 2010, and Peter's wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn't love--and he begins to look back through the pages of his book and question hom-ilies such as: "A good marriage is a canoe--it needs care and isn't meant to hold too much--no more than two adults and a few kids."It's advice he has famously doled out for decades. But what is it worth?Then Peter receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif-tieth anniversary of "Marriage Is a Canoe "with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship.The contest ensnares its creator in the largely opaque politics of her publishing house while it intro-duces the reader to couples in various states of distress, including a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite and her charismatic and entrepreneurial husband, who may just be a bit too charismatic for the good of their marriage. There's the middle-aged publisher whose im-posing manner has managed to impose loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. And then there is Peter, who must discover what he "meant "when he wrote "Marriage Is a Canoe "if he is going to help the contest's winners and find a way to love again. In "Love Is a Canoe," Ben Schrank delivers a smart, funny, romantic, and hugely satisfying novel about the fragility of marriage and the difficulty of repairing the damage when well-intentioned people forget how to be good to each more

Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • Sarah Crichton Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374192499
  • 9780374192495
  • 733,519

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"With brilliant subtlety, Schrank reveals the ways that popular bromides about marriage can impede true connection and longlasting love. "Love Is a Canoe" is a sharply funny, beautifully original novel filled with tough-minded characters, great dialogue, and a riveting, excellent plot. The ending is perfect." --Kate Christensen, author of "The Astral "and "The Great Man " "I don't think of myself as loving particular kinds of fiction, but this book made me realize I do: fiction, for instance, like "this"--smart, darkly funny (but not jokey) books that are knowing and wise but a little skeptical of knowingness and the possibility of wisdom. "Love Is a Canoe" would join Martin Amis's "The Information" and Michael Chabon's "Wonder Boys" on my shelf devoted to terrific satirical novels about writers and publishing, if I had such a shelf." --Kurt Andersen, author of "True Believers" and "Heyday" "Our bookshelves all have an empty space waiting for the book we long for but cannot quite imagine because it can't be described as 'the next A' or 'Author X by way of Author Y.' "Love Is a Canoe" fills that nameless void. Funny, tender, wholly original--it's as if all the good fairies came to its christening. (Story, dialogue, character, heart.) I loved it." --Laura Lippman, author of "And When She Was Good "and "The Most Dangerous Thing " ""Love Is a Canoe "captures the most essential difficulties of marriage and commitment--our fears of love and loss. A brilliant book of do-overs and second chances, Schrank's novel is mordantly funny and an all too real meditation on modern life." --A. M. Homes, author of" May We Be Forgiven "and "This Book Will Save Your Life " "Forget self-help books. "Love Is a Canoe" takes a good look at the world of self-help and both mocks and embraces our dearest and corniest desires. Ben Schrank's terrific new novel is a real self-help book, and you should help yourself to it." --Daniel Handler, author of "Adverbs and Why We Brshow more

About Ben Schrank

Ben Schrank is president and publisher of Razorbill, a Penguin imprint that is home to many award-winning and "New York Times"-bestselling books for children and young adults. Ben is also the author of the novels "Consent "and "Miracle Man." He wrote "Ben's Life," a monthly column for "Seventeen "magazine, in the 1990s. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and more

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