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 other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374192499
  • 9780374192495
  • 802,226

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"Schrank has done something here that may sound impossible: He's written a funny novel about publishing that is not caustic but optimistic, not biting but bighearted--a story about the delusions with which self-aware, smart people are all too willing to live in order to avoid the painful (yet entertaining) upheaval that comes with truth." --Dean Bakopoulos, "The New York Times Book Review
""What results when Emily and her self-satisfied husband turn up at Herman's lakeside cabin is expertly wrought farce--Schrank skewers the publishing industry and modern relationship talk, while somehow still making us care about the fate of this wounded young marriage. His portrayal of present-day Brooklyn, with its artisanal businesses and self-conscious foodways, may someday feel as nostalgic as Herman's sepia-tinged memories of paddling a canoe with the ever-wise Pop."""--Kate Tuttle, "The Boston Globe
""A crackling sendup of book-marketing schemes and an inquiry into twenty-first-century togetherness." "--Vogue
""Peter Herman's marriage manual is a classic, but what does he really know about love? Whip-smart and highly entertaining." "--People
""The strength of the novel lies in its well-rounded, passionate characters. Emily the controlling introvert makes a strong contrast to the extroverted, passionate Eli . . . [readers] will find Schrank's novel a pleasure to read and his characters easy to appreciate." "--The Dallas Morning News
""With brilliant subtlety, Ben Schrank reveals the ways in which belief in popular, sentimental bromides about marriage can impede real connection and true, long-lasting love. "Love Is a Canoe "is a sharply funny, beautifully original novel filled with interesting, 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 m
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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 son.
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3 36% (232)
2 26% (170)
1 11% (69)
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