- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Something Unpredictable: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, July 26, 2005
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Special offers and product promotions
"Lovely meditations on life, death, and the nighttime sky."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Chepaitis has a wonderful writing style. Her sentences flow effortlessly [as] she pulls together new-age wisdom, science, a septic tank, diabetes, a little about the circus of bygone days, and the dynamics of the so-called dysfunctional modern family, along with a dose of romance."
-- The Winston-Salem Journal
"Something Unpredictable encourages the reader to ponder human beings' responsibility to the earth and to each other, and to question what keeps us going in the face of life's unpredictabilities and tragedies."
-- The Romance Reader
About the Author
Barbara Chepaitis is the author of the acclaimed novels Feeding Christine and These Dreams. She earned her doctorate in composition and teaches at a university in upstate New York, where she makes her home.
Top customer reviews
Delilah is a thirty one year old underachieving waitress with a bachelor's degree. She lives in Key West with her parents in a household far from predictable. At the age of ten she loses her twin brother, her mother constantly has guests over helping with social activist campaigns, and the man she is so-called seeing, Thomas, has her participate in his odd art projects, such as sitting nude in a tub filled with blue Jello.
When Delilah's mother unexpectedly finds her very own birth mother, Delilah is the one forced to go visit her grandmother. Carla, a retired old woman who formerly tamed tigers in the circus, lives on a large piece of land in upstate New York. Her house is falling apart and just like Delilah's home, Carla's constantly has people coming in and out, such as a dwarf named Kootch. Delilah remains upstate longer than expected despite her and her grandmother's constant butting of heads. During her stay she encounters some very interesting situations. She becomes friends with an eye patch wearing man named Jack Brown, she attempts to reignite a flame with her cheating ex-fiancé, Michael, and she forms a relationship truly touching with Carla. Oddly enough, it isn't until tragedy strikes close to Delilah that she actually becomes passionate again for the first time in a long time.
Something Unpredictable is a story full of happiness and hope, proving that true love can be found not only when, but also where you least expect it. I am thrilled that I read the novel and had the pleasure of being in one of Chepaitis' classes. I highly recommend this novel for those wanting to read about a woman's unpredictable journey through life.
Delilah's first impression of her grandmother is that of a crusty, independent woman while octogenarian Carla thinks her granddaughter wastes her potential and sets out to do something about it. Delilah meets Jack Brown who fixes things on her grandmother's property. She realizes that he is a deep soul who won't be content with a minor fling. While caring for her grandmother, Delilah starts sleeping with her ex-fiancé, who lives in the area, but they can't recapture what they once had. When a tragedy occurs, Delilah finally opens her heart that has been closed since her twin brother died over two decades ago.
SOMETHING UNPREDICTABLE is a moving relationship drama starring a protagonist afraid to commit to a relationship. Her visit to her grandmother makes her take stock of what she is not doing with her life. Carla sees herself in her granddaughter, which is why she feels compelled to meddle and despite herself, Delilah comes to see that her grandmother is right. Though some unnecessary coincidence enables additional insight, Barbara Chepaitis has written a poignant family drama.