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How to Walk Away
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How to Walk Away
A Novel
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From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable audiobook about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she's...
From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable audiobook about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she's...
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  • From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable audiobook 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 seen her 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 an audiobook that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

    Praise for How to Walk Away:

    "If you just read one book this year, read How to Walk Away." —Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

    "Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed." —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love

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

About the Author-

  • Katherine Center is the author of four novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 19, 2018
    Center (Happiness for Beginners) explores the limits of hope and love in this bittersweet tale of a young woman suffering from a devastating injury who learns to care about others when she can’t figure out what to do for herself. The life lesson comes about after Maggie—about to start a dream job in Austin, Tex., and newly engaged—is paralyzed in a small plane crash. Her fiancé, Chip, who was the plane’s pilot, walks away unscathed, but is horrified by Maggie’s paralysis. Maggie begins a daunting rehabilitation with Ian, a stern Scottish physical therapist hiding a tragic loss of his own. Meanwhile, Maggie’s older sister, Kitty, returns from three years of self-imposed exile to comfort Maggie and exposes a family secret that has the potential to drive their parents apart. The cascade of events—from Maggie’s grueling hospital recovery and the bitter split from Chip to a reconciliation with Kitty and a bond with Ian—are fast-paced and sharply drawn. And though Maggie’s inspirational perseverance is the point of Center’s tale (“it’s the trying that heals you,” Ian tells Maggie), the smaller moments are among the most memorable: Maggie and Kitty’s night together after their long separation; Ian taking Maggie to the hospital rooftop for her first breath of fresh air; Maggie’s birthday party at the family cottage. Center transforms the story of a family tragedy into a heartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible. 100,000-copy announced first printing.

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