IN EVERY WAY
February 10, 2015
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REVIEWS / PRESS
Brown creates a fascinating situation and makes it seem real... his most powerful message does come through: We have little control over how long, and in what way, we are allowed to be with the ones we love.
The Chicago Tribune says: "Here's a book you can and will want to read in a long afternoon: Nic Brown's In Every Way."
O Magazine Selected In Every Way as a March 2015 title to "pick up now."
After giving up her daughter for adoption, 19-year-old Maria, overcome with separation anxiety, moves to the town where the adoptive couple lives and soon finds herself accepting a position as their nanny. Brown's deadpan novel feels unerringly true.
Vanity Fair picked In Every Way for inclusion in their March "Hot Type" column
NPR - did an interview on WUNC North Carolina Public Radio's The State of Things 1/5/15
Maria, the 19-year-old heroine of Brown’s disarming new novel, is having a time of it... Brown (Doubles) burrows into his main character’s psyche to dramatize what it is like to be a young person trying to grow up in a world without signposts. Populated with other quirkily complex characters, this meditation on what it means to be a mother is memorable and affecting.
Brown has a lovely touch with prose that ranges from funny to playful to moving in portraying birth, death, and relationships and examining what it really means to be a mother, making this novel as insightful as it is entertaining.
A teenage mother disregards the ethics of adoption in Brown's (Doubles, 2010, etc.) challenging new novel... [Brown's] novel is well worth the wait. Brown crafts a complicated tale of moral ambiguity about a woman who couldn't say goodbye to her baby after the paperwork was signed.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER
The book tells the story of Maria, a UNC freshman whose life is upended by an unexpected pregnancy and the terminal illness of her mother, an English professor. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time, with carefully observed details on its people and places.
"In Every Way is breathtaking. This tale told at the edge of a continent--full of salt breezes and huge betrayals and minor miracles--is wise and aching and true. It's full of love and mistakes. Its intimacies resist categories and caution. It surges with a strange, stubborn hope. I read it in less than 48 hours and was utterly consumed by it, charmed by it, haunted by it. Nic Brown's sensitivity to the absurdity and fragility of the world is wrinkled with nuance and unafraid of difficulty. This book has a pulse as close and insistent as the sound of your own heart in your ears."
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams
"How can a novel so sad be so funny? And one so funny so sad? Nic Brown catches us when we're not looking. He shines light in our corners. He is a master at his craft and a tremendous talent. I loved this book."
Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
"Equal parts tender and ruthless, In Every Way is a story of what it means to invite one disaster in to escape another, and emerge startled on the other end of it. Nic Brown has a tremendous gift for rendering human longing, in its messy warping of internal logic and the way it gives new shape and glimmer to the palpable world, and Maria is a riveting protagonist even as she cannot determine what to smash and what to save. Through Maria’s struggle to understand the best way to take care of the people she loves, Brown delivers a poignant and sharp exploration of caretaking itself, and how we learn to simultaneously hold on and let go."
Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
"With seductive precision and elegant calm, Nic Brown conjures an utterly believable young woman, full of yearning, regret, and hard-won wisdom. In Every Way is a humane wonder."
Eli Horowitz, The Silent History, A Novel
"Haunting, darkly sweet, and piercingly insightful. Inside the bones of a thriller, Nic Brown has created a novel full of grace."
Rosecrans Baldwin, author of You Lost Me There and Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
"Intimate, poignant and filled with the delicate lurches and dark surprises of life, Nic Brown’s In Every Way is a gem. As our protagonist Maria hazards down an increasingly crooked path, we feel our sympathy for her—and our attachment to her—grow powerfully. That’s a testament both to Brown’s skill and empathy, and to the novel’s keen emotional truths."
Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and Dare Me
"I've long admired Nic Brown's wise, funny, and mischievous writing, and In Every Way offers those delights and more. A poignant, wonderful, and wonderfully original novel."
Edan Lepucki, author of California
Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself in a difficult and familiar predicament--unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother's diagnosis with cancer, Maria's decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone's best interest, especially when it comes to light that the child's father hasn't exactly been faithful to her following the birth of her daughter. So when her mother proposes an extended trip to sleepy coastal town Beaufort--the same town that the adoptive couple Maria chose for her daughter just happens to live in--Maria jumps at the chance to escape.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Maria finds herself listless and bored soon after her arrival in Beaufort, and a summer job seems like a cure. She has kept close watch on the couple she chose to adopt her daughter--they live mere blocks away--and, as fate would have it, accepts a position as their nanny. Maria ingratiates herself into the family--hesitantly, at first, and then with all the heartbroken (and eventually self-destructive) fervor of a mother separated from her child.
In Every Way is a heartfelt novel that brings to light the unknowing destruction that heartache can manifest, and the redemptive power of new beginnings.