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How to Walk Away
A Novel
By (author): Katherine Center
9781250199614 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women May 15, 2018
$23.99 CAD
Active 6.17 x 9.35 x 0.89 in 320 pages St. Martin's Press

From the author ofHappiness for Beginners comes the instantNew York Times bestseller (May 2018), an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seenher before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best—a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

Praise forHow to Walk Away:

"A heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength." —Jill Santopolo, bestselling author ofThe Light We Lost

"If you just read one book this year, readHow to Walk Away." —Nina George, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Little Paris Bookshop

"Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed." —Emily Giffin,New York Timesbestselling author ofFirst Comes Love

"Sympathetic and refreshing!" —Elinor Lipman, bestselling author ofThe Family Man

"I can't think of a blurb good enough for this novel...poignant, funny, heartbreaking." —Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy

KATHERINE CENTER is the author of several novels, includingHappiness for Beginners, The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful,Get Lucky, andThe Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared inRedbook,People,USA Today,Vanity Fair, andReal Simple,as well as the anthologiesBecause I Love Her,CRUSH, andMy Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.

Praise forHow to Walk Away:

An instantNew York Times bestseller (May 2018)!

"A marvelous example ofacceptance and healing and a celebration of family."USA Today

"Centerexplores the limits of hope and love...[she] transforms the story of a family tragedy into aheartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible." —Publisher's Weekly

"With itsappealing charactersand wisdom about grappling with life’s challenges, Center’s sixth novel hasall the makings of a breakout hit." —Booklist (starred review)

Inspiring and romantic… Atouching and truthful novel that shows how people can find comfort in the most unexpected places.” —Library Journal

"A story about survival that isheartbreakingly honest and wryly funny, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Elizabeth Berg." —Kirkus

"A heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength." —Jill Santopolo, bestselling author ofThe Light We Lost

"If you just read one book this year, readHow to Walk Away." —Nina George, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Little Paris Bookshop

"Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed." —Emily Giffin,New York Timesbestselling author ofFirst Comes Love

"Sympathetic and refreshing!" —Elinor Lipman, bestselling author ofThe Family Man

"I can't think of a blurb good enough for this novel...poignant, funny, heartbreaking." —Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy

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