The explanation for everything: a novel

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Biology professor Andy Waite is finally beginning to pick up the pieces years after a drunk driver killed his wife. Between finishing his research and taking care of his young daughters, he has reasons to get through the day, and most days he does without falling apart. That is, until a young female student enters his life and turns it upside down.Melissa Potter is a passionate evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper about Creationism. She makes Andy’s Darwinian certainty-and his grief-a personal challenge. As she chips away at his committed atheism, he begins to realize the emptiness that he’s been living with for too long. But when the relationship turns romantic, the boundaries he’s worked so hard to maintain-personally and professionally-start to blur, and soon it’s unclear what kind of deliverance he really needs.
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As she did in the bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein has written another provocative morality tale, this time dissecting the permeable line between faith and doubt.
College professor Andy Waite is picking up the pieces of a shattered life. Between his research in evolutionary biology and caring for his young daughters, his days are reassurringly safe, if a bit lonely. But when Melissa Potter—charismatic, unpredictable, and devout—asks him to advise her study of intelligent design, he agrees. Suddenly, the world that Andy has fought to rebuild is rocked to its foundations.
"A well-crafted story of wayward souls searching for forgiveness, healing and personal truth." —Family Circle
"Grodstein handles everything with a subtle wit, managing to skewer both the ultraconservative and the ultraliberal without making either seem absolutely wrong . . . Reminiscent of Carolyn Parkhurst's Dogs of Babel." —Booklist
"Finding or losing God proves to be an equally destabilizing tectonic shift, and this novel is full of them . . . Their cumulative force will leave you happily unsteady, and moved." —The Washington Post
"A master storyteller . . . Tackles the tough topics: healing after loss, the relevance and possibility of the divine in our lives, the gilded shackles of academic life, and life in Southern New Jersey—all while always being terrifically entertaining." —*Ben Schrank, author of Love Is a Canoe
"Engrossing . . . You'll likely close the book with a new perspective on faith, justice, mercy, and the difficulty of holding a moral high ground." —Bust
"A novel of ideas and a deeply felt story of love, loss, hope, and the healing powers of forgiveness . . . A provocative, moving story, and a beautifully written one." —Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion

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