Thursday, October 13, 2011 Posted by Dina N
On an early winter afternoon in rural New Hampshire, two brothers, Ed and Allard, set out to skate north on a river that leads to Canada when, not more than an hour from their house, they discover a girl who, with her dog, has broken through thin ice and is caught in the river's eddy. They are able to rescue her, and as a result, a special bond is formed between them.
As they grow up, all three remain close. The brothers work towards their dream of having their own film production company to shoot nature footage in the wild, with Sarah by their side every step of the way. Over the years, Allard and Sarah’s relationship has deepened, and they are happily planning a future together. In the days before the upcoming wedding, Ed and Allard, in one, last, celebratory bachelor outing, hike alone in a remote section of the Wind River mountain range in Wyoming, and tragedy strikes. That heartbreaking incident radically changes Allard and Sarah’s plans, and sets them on divergent paths that may never meet again.
About the Author
Joseph Monninger, author of Eternal on the Water and co-author of The Letters with Luanne Rice, has published several award-winning YA novels and books of nonfiction, including Home Waters, New Jersey. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire.
The World As We Know It is a wonderfully written love story set against the majestic beauty of nature. There's love and dreams, tragedy and loss, suffering and redemption. Nature's role as just as important as that of the main characters. It brings Sarah and Allard together, it breaks their hearts when it claims the life of Allard's brother, and finally it brings them together to heal their grief.
The World As We Know It is new this week from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.