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The Constant Heart Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart. Learn more
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An evocative family yarn Nova has again produced expertly drawn characters and carefully measured, suspenseful prose with some surprises, all with undertones orbiting around Einstein’s cosmological constant theory of relativity.” Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"[A] psychologically intriguing and richly metaphorical plot is irradiated by rhapsodic visions of celestial forces and earthy glory and trouble. A heart-jolting yet solicitous tale fueled by Nova’s passionate reminder that not all men are brutes."Booklist
"Of the writers writing in America today, [Nova] is one of the very greatest. [The Constant Heart is] a book of excellence worthy of our approval and support."Michael Silverblatt, "Bookworm"
Honor, destiny, caprice, oblivion Nova's novel parlays them all into a life-and-death struggle filled with moments (a surreal appliance-store holdup, a good-guys/bad-guys chase across the wilds of upstate New York) that feel as elemental as they are revealing of human foible and character.” The Seattle Times
"[A] meditative, philosophical, and beautifully realized novel about the nature of embattled American manhood. Both Jake and his father are deeply sympathetic characters, and Nova celebrates perhaps most fundamentally here the compassionate and honorable way they treat the women in their lives discussions of Einstein's theory of relativity are interspersed throughout the novel, providing a fascinating thematic element related to the search for something constant in a world defined by change and instability. This is a novel of deep maturity and thoughtfulness.” Library Journal
Superb in prose and its evocations of character and nature, The Constant Heart is a wonderful novel by a writer whose range continues to dazzle me. As a writer, I marveled at the pure scope of Nova's gifts as a storyteller. As a reader, I simply enjoyed my ride through the emotional heart of this affecting novel.” Oscar Hijuelos
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The Constant Heart is a philosophical novel about dignity and fidelity and what it means to be a truly good person. It's also about difficult relationships and flawed people and how to survive in a morally bankrupt world without succumbing to the pressure to compromise. Jake views his world through his knowledge of astronomy, giving the novel an otherworldly haze. I was captivated by Craig Nova's beautiful, constrained prose and by his female characters, which contained so much more vigor than the male characters. I liked this novel enough to buy another novel by Nova. (Thanks for the recommendation Michael Silverblatt!)
Events in the story defy belief. Don't believe me? Try this one. A man goes into a car dealership. He does not want to buy a car. He just needs a friendly ear to talk about his desperate need for a kidney. Oh wait, the sales person has one behind the desk. I kid you not.
How about running into a girl friend and an armed robber simultaneously? How about the urban bad guys following the good guys deeper and deeper into the wilderness for no apparent reason. How about dumping a corpse into an abandoned well, then realizing that you left the car keys in their pocket.
Oh, and relationships. There are two women in the story. One must have great smelling hair because it is mentioned so much, but has spent a lifetime making one bad decision after another. The other is a cardboard cutout who leaves her husband and son to smoke dope in an ashram. Wait, there was a third woman, a Fascist librarian.
I read one or two books a week. This is by the far the worst piece of trash I've read in years.