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The Explanation for Everything

by Lauren Grodstein

The Explanation for Everything
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2013, 372 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2014, 384 pages

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In The Explanation for Everything Lauren Grodstein creates a fiercely intelligent story about the permeable line between faith and doubt.

It is, arguably, one of the most divisive issues of our time: the role of religion in society. Especially these days, with the boundaries between religion and politics becoming ever more porous, the battle lines have been drawn even more clearly. In The Explanation for Everything Lauren Grodstein tackles this issue with empathy and grace leading the reader to question pre-established assumptions about what the "other side" truly believes.

Biology professor Andrew Waite is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. His tenure at a small New Jersey liberal arts college seems only a remote possibility. His lab mice are not yielding the results he would like. His preteen daughters are growing up way too fast. And more than three years after her death, he still misses his wife, Louisa, terribly. Years ago, Waite, a native Midwesterner, received a schooling in more ways than one ...

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