How to Walk Away – Reprint by Katherine Center (Paperback)



Book Synopsis 

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes the instant New York Timesbestseller (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 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 a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave. 

Praise for How to Walk Away: 

Katherine Center’s voice did what great fiction is meant to do: It pulled me in so immediately and completely that I forgot about real life. –Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six

I can’t think of a blurb good enough for this novel…poignant, funny, heartbreaking. –Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy

Review Quotes 

Praise for How to Walk Away: 

An instant New York Times bestseller (May 2018)! 

This generous story about family secrets, love in sickness and in health, and the resilience of the human spirit has serious Nora Ephron vibes. –Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

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

Center explores the limits of hope and love…[she] transforms the story of a family tragedy into a heartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible. —Publisher’s Weekly

With its appealing characters and wisdom about grappling with life’s challenges, Center’s sixth novel has all the makings of a breakout hit. Booklist (starred review) 

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

A story about survival that is heartbreakingly 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 of The Light We Lost

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

Sympathetic and refreshing! –Elinor Lipman, bestselling author of The Family Man

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 several novels, including Happiness for Beginners, 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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