The Atlas of Love

A Novel

Laurie Frankel

St. Martin's Griffin

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When Jill becomes both pregnant and single at the end of one spring semester, she and her two closest friends plunge into an experiment in tri-parenting, tri-schooling, and trihabitating as grad students in Seattle. Naturally, everything goes wrong, but in ways no one sees coming. Janey Duncan narrates the adventure of this modern family with hilarity and wisdom and shows how three lives are forever changed by (un)cooperative parenting, literature, and a tiny baby named Atlas who upends and uplifts their entire world. In this sparkling and wise debut novel, Frankel’s unforgettable heroines prove that home is simply where the love is.

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WHEN I WAS six years old, I found a baby in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria. Wound in a sheet and nestled among the roots of a veritable island of overgrown potted jungle in the corner, it was exactly where no one but a six-year-old would look. You wouldn’t go back there unless you were obsessed with Where the Wild Things Are and knew a forest hung with vines when you saw one and your grandmother was taking forever to check in and wasn’t paying any attention to you anyway. Or unless you were a twenty-year-old front desk clerk, secretly pregnant and scared to death, who had just

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Praise for The Atlas of Love

"Frankel's debut is a wonderful literary treat that offers a fresh twist on the modern family, one that relies on the bonds of women." --Library Journal (starred)

"This beautifully written debut novel offers something for everyone—humor, richly drawn characters and a tender exploration of love, friendship and food."--LA Times Magazine
"Strikingly pure of heart, voice and message, The Atlas of Love tells the story of a life lived on the treadmill of academia. It is likely to be a favorite of your bookseller, because it's a life that will resonate—a lot of hard work, little traditional payoff, yet, somehow, all worthwhile. Therein lies the brilliance of this book. Frankel puts the reader into that frame of being, where it becomes easy to understand how a friend would be willing to give so much to help sustain another. Though the payoff is hard-earned and unusual, it's also extraordinary. Frankel’s prose flows easily, heavily laced with candor, wit, and emotion, in a way that brings to mind a modern Jane Austen of the Pacific Northwest."
 — Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards Committee
"Laurie Frankel displays a great ear for dialogue and a witty turn of phrase in quick characterizations."
-- The Seattle Times 
"...a feel-good novel..and a celebration of modern family life in the myriad forms it can take."
“Don't miss Laurie Frankel's The Atlas of Love; this story of women's friendships and redefining "family" flows with lovely writing.”--Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

"It’s been a long time since I’ve been as charmed by a book as I was by this beautifully written, highly literate story of friendship, parenthood, and every other kind of love you can imagine. I was captivated by Janey, a narrator whose wit and generous spirit caused me to forget that she wasn’t a flesh and blood person—and to wish that she were.” --Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me

“Packed full of hilarious and insightful observations on life, love, and literature, The Atlas of Love deftly explores the boundaries of friendship and family, and the true meaning of motherhood.”--J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement

“Immensely likable, playful and literary, this is a novel full of love." --Cathleen Schine, author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

"The Atlas of Love is an engagingly funny novel with a memorable premise—three women graduate students from very different backgrounds team up to raise a child—that deepens into a moving and challenging meditation on the power and the limits of female friendship. Laurie Frankel writes with a light touch and a keen eye for detail, blending academic comedy and domestic drama with unusual skill.”
--Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher

“Once in a great while, a book is so beautifully written that when you close it, all you can do is sit quietly and hold it to your chest.  Laurie Frankel's The Atlas of Love is that book.”--Sandra Kring, author of The Book of Bright Ideas and Thank You For All Things


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Laurie Frankel

Laurie Frankel lives in Seattle and teaches in the English Department at the University of Puget Sound. This is her first novel.

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The Atlas of Love
A Novel
Laurie Frankel

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312552701
ISBN10: 031255270X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429964463
ISBN10: 1429964464
336 pages

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