Standard Deviation (Hardback)
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Standard Deviation (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 01/06/2017

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A divinely funny novel about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken.

Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel, talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son's Origami Club to Thanksgiving.

She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting. In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger's, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham's life.

Former spouses are hard to categorize - are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?

'One of the funniest books you will ever read' - Daily Mail

'Standard Deviation is a marvel' Kate Atkinson

'Faultlessly constructed, living long in the memory.' - The Observer

'This is the beach book for summer 2017' - The Times


Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008105525
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 30 mm

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“Talk about families...”

I absolutely loved reading this funny, thoughtful story of love, marriage and being a parent. It questions how do we choose our partners, do we have a choice on how our children turn out, what is the importance of... More

Hardback edition
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“Magnificent, touching and funny”

Praising a novel to the skies can be off-putting for some subsequent contrarian readers, so I'll start with the caveat that some of the humour in Heiny's novel can be of the arch variety. It's no... More

Paperback edition
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“Truly fabulous”

I wanted to read this book since I started working at waterstones, and i am so happy i took the time to read it. Its absolutely fantastic and well written. It's very easy to follow and you wony want to put it... More

Paperback edition
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