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From Tiffanie DeBartolo, author of God Shaped Hole, How to Kill a Rock Star, and Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story, comes Sorrow, a poignant story about friendship and love, art and music, and how these pursuits can save us from ourselves. Joe Harper has backpedaled throughout his life. A once-promising guitar prodigy, he's been living without direction since abandoning his musical dreams. Now into his thirties, having retreated from every opportunity he's had to level up, he has lost his family, his best friend, and his own self-respect. But Joe finds an unlikely path to redemption when he starts working as a carpenter for the bohemian conceptual artist October Danko. The job returns him to his hometown, loaded with bittersweet reminders of his former life, in the shadows of his beloved redwood trees. As Joe's relationship with October develops, he yearns to take a daring step toward a bold future, but struggles to escape the craven decisions of his past. Sorrow is a stunning, moving novel that explores masculinity and suspended adolescence, all the while begging the questions: Can courage be learned? And is it ever too late to follow your heart?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 15.49mm | 367g
  • United States
  • English
  • First edition
  • 1949116301
  • 9781949116304
  • 756,420

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"This novel is a rare gem: a profoundly warm, witty story about art, love, and the journey of the soul from my all-time favorite author. Worth the wait! DeBartolo's emotionally rich characters remind us that it is both painfully difficult and astonishingly beautiful to be human." -Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"An art infused story about love with achingly beautiful characters." -Tarryn Fisher, New York Times Bestselling Author

"A smart, thoughtful work that balances romance with intriguing philosophical questions... DeBartolo, the author of How To Kill a Rockstar (2005), plays expertly with the scope of her story: It's both a clever love triangle and a deeper inquiry into art, communication, and the meaning of success. The central romance feels relatable as the emotive October struggles to help Joe open up, and Joe's self-deprecating manner makes him a likable narrator. At the same time, descriptions of conceptual artworks, partly inspired by real-world artist Marina Abramovic, lead to big, contemporary questions of human connection." - Kirkus starred Review

"Imagine you walk across a beautiful meadow filled with Indian paintbrush and Colorado columbine. Suddenly, you are struck by a lightning bolt. You're blown out of your shoes, you fly through crackling air and land hands-and-knees deep in a brook bubbling over moss-covered rocks, shaded by weeping willows. You realize you are alive, more alive than ever before. You howl for the love of life. This is how reading Sorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo made me feel.." -Tim Sandlin, author of 11 novels including the GroVont Quartet and Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty

"Sorrow hit me like a truck, and it's been years since I read a book that physically moved me and made me feel as deeply as this one did. DeBartolo masterfully crafted characters you'll fall in love with, root for, want to scream at, and ultimately see yourself in, with a story that is narcoticly enthralling. Sorrow reminded me of the power of literature to deeply move you, uplift you, remind you of all the possibilities, love and magic in this world, and help you fall deeper in love with life. It's a masterpiece." -Kyle Nicolaides, musician
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About Tiffanie Debartolo

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of the novels God-Shaped Hole and How To Kill a Rockstar, as well as the graphic novel Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story. She is the co-founder and Chief Executive Super Goddess of Bright Antenna Records, the co-founder of the ShineMaker foundation, and also wrote and directed the film Dream For An Insomniac. She lives in Mill Valley, California.
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789 ratings
4.41 out of 5 stars
5 58% (458)
4 28% (221)
3 11% (87)
2 2% (18)
1 1% (5)
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