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WORD Loves Stefan Merrill Block: Pre-order your copy of OLIVER LOVING

    We're so excited to offer signed and personalized copies of Stefan Merril Block's new novel Oliver Loving, a book with rave reviews from Popsugar, Publishers Weekly, Esquire and others and WORDie favorite and New York Times Bestselling author Jami Attenberg calls " intricately constructed and rich with devastating, gorgeous prose. But it is the author's rare and special sense of empathy -- felt so deeply in every moment -- which elevates this novel to a breathtaking place." 

     

    About the Book: 

    A family in crisis, a town torn apart, and the boy who holds the secret has been cocooned in a coma for ten years. 

    One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening --and the unspoken story he carries-- will tear the town of Bliss, Texas apart. Nearly ten years later, Oliver Loving still lies wordless and paralyzed at Crockett State Assisted Care Facility, the fate of his mind unclear. Orbiting the stillpoint of Oliver's hospital bed is a family transformed: Oliver's mother, Eve, who keeps desperate vigil; Oliver's brother, Charlie, who has fled for New York City only to discover he cannot escape the gravity of his shattered family; Oliver's father, Jed, who tries to erase his memories with bourbon. And then there is Rebekkah Sterling, Oliver's teenage love, who left Texas long ago and still refuses to speak about her own part in that tragic night. When a new medical test promises a key to unlock Oliver's trapped mind, the town's unanswered questions resurface with new urgency, as Oliver's doctors and his family fight for a way for Oliver to finally communicate-- and so also to tell the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

    A moving meditation on the transformative power of grief and love, a slyly affectionate look at the idiosyncrasies of family, and an emotionally-charged page-turner, Stefan Merill Block's Oliver Loving is an extraordinarily original novel that ventures into the unknowable and returns with the most fundamental truths.

    Order today! Our pre-order campaign cuts off 1/11/2018 in order to have the books out on time for delivery on 1/16/2018 (with Priority Mail shipping). Signed copies without personalization likely available after cut off date! 

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    $26.99
    ISBN: 9781250169730
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Flatiron Books - January 16th, 2018

    "A dazzling novel about love, loss, and the mysteries of the mind."
    -- David Ebershoff, Bestselling author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

    "A breathtaking tale of tragedy and redemption... A triumph" -- People