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Publisher's Summary

From the author of publishing sensation The Mourning Hours comes a powerful new novel that explores every parent’s worst nightmare...
The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and 12-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test.
And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a "freak" road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief.
The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.
An emotionally charged novel, The Fragile World is a journey through America's heartland and a family's brightest and darkest moments, exploring the devastating pain of losing a child and the beauty of finding healing in unexpected ways.
©2014 Paula Treick DeBoard (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"A heart-stopping series of events drives The Fragile World.... The result is a gripping read, but one that delivers, by the book's end, a beautiful reminder of the resilience of love." (Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls)
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1 out of 5 stars
By CCB on 03-10-15


When writing about a cross country trip, it seems that if an author has never actually experienced firsthand the landscape, the towns, and the scenery, then a little more effort and research would be made before writing so many inaccuracies in a novel . I stopped reading when the "salt flats" were described as being in Nevada somewhere around Winnemucca! I guess it wouldn't matter to most readers but when the characters I'm reading about are traveling across the state I've lived in my whole life, I'd much rather see it being accurately described ..

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5 out of 5 stars
By LD82 on 01-26-15

SO glad I heeded Audible's Recommendation!

What made the experience of listening to The Fragile World the most enjoyable?

This book starts off--and stays--captivating. The characters in this book have a palpable vulnerability that shines through and I was rooting for them all. I read a lot, listen to tons of audio books and honestly, this was one of my favorite ever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Olivia, her transformation was very inspiring.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Will Damron ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I do not believe so, but the narrators were fantastic.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think the title of the book nailed it!!

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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