The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein

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Read The Explanation for Everything Online Free - There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a young evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. But when she implores Andy Waite, a biology professor and a hardcore evolutionist, to direct her independent study, she becomes the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding him. As he works with Melissa, Andy finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently. Suddenly there is the possibility of faith. But with it come responsibility and guilt—the very things that Andy has sidestepped for years.

Professor Waite is nearing the moment when his life might settle down a bit: tenure is in sight, his daughters are starting to grow up, and he’s slowly but surely healing from the sudden loss of his wife. His life is starting to make sense again—until the scientific stance that has defined his life (and his work) is challenged by this charismatic student.

In a bravura performance, Lauren Grodstein dissects the permeable line between faith and doubt to create a fiercely intelligent story about the lies we tell ourselves, the deceptions we sustain with others, and how violated boundaries—between students and teachers, believers and nonbelievers—can have devastating consequences.

Title : The Explanation for Everything
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ISBN : 1616201126
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 338 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2015

UPDATE: 11/25/2015 ..... Lauren Grodstein is a terrific writer. You are missing out if you have not read her books. A birdie just told me -Lauren has a new book coming out in 2017! So??? Why not consider reading "The Explanation for Everything" or "A Friend In the Family", first? I can't wait for h...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2013

I've often remarked that at times I just want to enjoy a book or movie simply for what it is without thinking about heavier issues, or dissecting how plausible the plot may actually be. Sometimes I just want to laugh, or cry, or be transported into some fantastical place or time, without consider...

Sheri rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 05, 2014

I really need to stop reading books because I like their covers (yeah, yeah, I know the "don’t judge" adage). I picked this up and almost immediately wished I had not done so. Not only are the characters superficial and stereotypical and rather silly, but the situations in which they find themsel...

Susan rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 2014

I was drawn to the premise of the book. I was looking forward to the debate between Andy and Melissa between God and Darwin. The irony here is the book offers no real explanation of anything. Andy's religous conversion felt forced and artificial. His infatuaion or love of Melissa is equally inexp...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2014

I won this book from Librarything, and I was glad I did. I was not familiar with Grodstein and don't think I would have chosen to buy this book based on the description of the story. I would have assumed that it was meant to be didactic. However, it was beautifully written and deceptively complex...

Ricki rated it ★★★☆☆

November 15, 2013

This week I read another book club selection: The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein. I truly had high hopes for this book because it explores one of the most polarizing debates: evolution v. intelligent design. Professor Andy Waite, a biology professor and diehard evolutionist at a li...

Meryl rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2013

I was very excited to see a new book from Lauren Grodstein. I was a huge fan of her last book, A Friend of the Family and her short story collection. All of her work has an amazing capacity to move me emotionally. And this book was certainly an emotional read. It was also a quick read, and I enjo...

Amy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 21, 2013

I liked this book - it explored some interesting things about religion that I enjoyed reading about but this one didn't wow me or offer any life changing insight. I enjoyed the concepts explored considerably more than the story itself.

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2015

Andy Waite is a biology professor at a small college in rural New Jersey, where he landed after the sudden, tragic death of his wife. His research in evolutionary biology is designed to show a genetic basis for alcohol addiction, but the result aren’t quite what he was expecting. His daughters ar...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

September 14, 2013

This book is hard to rate & review because while I think the writing was quite good, I spent a lot of the book frustrated with the characters, so the experience was a bit unpleasant. I also had that icky feeling in my stomach the whole time, anticipating that Andy was going to screw things up...

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