The Fragile World: A Novel

By Paula Treick DeBoard
Read by Jessica Almasy and Will Damron

11.25 Hours 10/28/2014 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781501201240

From the author of publishing sensation The Mourning Hours comes a powerful new novel that explores every parent’s worst nightmare.... The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test. And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a "freak" road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong. An emotionally charged novel, The Fragile World is a journey through America's heartland and a family's brightest and darkest moments, exploring the devastating pain of losing a child and the beauty of finding healing in unexpected ways. "A heart-stopping series of events drives The Fragile World.... The result is a gripping read, but one that delivers, by the book's end, a beautiful reminder of the resilience of love." —Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

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From the author of publishing sensation The Mourning Hours comes a powerful new novel that explores every parent’s worst nightmare....

The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test.

And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a "freak" road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief.

The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.

An emotionally charged novel, The Fragile World is a journey through America's heartland and a family's brightest and darkest moments, exploring the devastating pain of losing a child and the beauty of finding healing in unexpected ways.

"A heart-stopping series of events drives The Fragile World.... The result is a gripping read, but one that delivers, by the book's end, a beautiful reminder of the resilience of love." —Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

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Author Bio: Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard lives with her husband Will and their four-legged brood in Modesto, California. She received a BA in English from Dordt College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine, and a practical education from countless students in her English classes over the years. Her short story “Casualties” placed second in the 2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction, judged by Tobias Wolff.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English