The Explanation for Everything

8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312511. $32.95; 8 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Rick Adamson provides the perfect voice for Grodstein's study in love, loss, and faith. Atheist Andy Waite, reeling from the death of his wife through the actions of a drunk driver, has thrown himself into caring for his two daughters and his work as a professor of biology. He's trying his best, but Andy can't take his late wife's place in the girls' lives, particularly while he struggles with his own grief. He reluctantly agrees to advise evangelical student Melissa on her intelligent design independent study. Melissa begins to babysit for his children and becomes important to Andy and the girls before the two of them become involved intimately. Along the way, Andy begins to question his atheism, his life's work, his lack of forgiveness, and his inability to let anyone in. Andy's internal drama is superb.
VERDICT Grodstein captures the face of grief in Andy's struggle to find comfort and move on. The secondary characters are well drawn and add interest to the story. Recommended. ["This engaging, and provocative novel is hard to put down," read the starred review of the Algonquin hc, LJ 9/1/13.]
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