The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells


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Ecco Press
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5.2 X 1.0 X 7.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was a Today book club selection and received a California Book Award. He lives in San Francisco.


"The premise of this novel isn't that a woman travels through time: it's that 'the impossible happens once to each of us'...What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works."--John Irving
"Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most talented writers around, feeling and funny, with a genuinely fine prose style and a sensibility to match."--Michael Chabon
"Andy Sean Greer writes with an intelligent joy that encompasses a truly kaleidoscopic vision, reminding me of the work of Peter Carey and David Mitchell. This novel is beautifully sewn together."--Colum McCann
"Elegiac in tone, this tale of time travel, loss and comprimise is as precisely engineered as a Swiss watch. [Greer] manages the complexities of this temporal round robin with precision and panache...a generous novel..."--New York Times Book Review
"This novel is a guilty pleasure of sorts for anyone who has ever wondered, What if? We're taught not to dwell on paths not taken, but this book weaves a tale about the magical possibility of what could have been."--Real Simple
"Greer is a deep thinker and a fine stylist...consider reading Greta Wells for sentences like these: 'It is almost impossible to capture true sadness; it is a deep-sea creature that can never be brought into view.'"--USA Today
"No one tells the secrets of the human heart more bravely or eloquently than Andrew Sean Greer. He has been called our Proust, our Nabokov, but with this novel he transcends all comparison. This is a genius-stroke of a book. Read it and weep."--Julie Orringer, bestselling author of The Invisible Bridge
"Andrew Sean Greer's The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells is a luminous inquiry into time itself, and Greta Wells, in her transit between three lives, is his most assured creation. What a lovely novel: stirring, inclusive, forgiving, and extraordinarily hopeful."--Jayne Anne Phillips
"Philosophically intriguing as well as gorgeously imagined and executed, this novel will catch fire with the same audience that propelled The Time Traveler's Wife to the top of the bestseller list."--Booklist
"Greer's imaginative treatment of love and relationships shines again in his third novel. VERDICT Fans of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife will delight in following the thought process of time traveling while maintaining a hold on a singular identity."--Library Journal (starred review)
"...The magical conceit here is well earned and imagined rather than gimmicky, and Greer writes with an acute sensivity for the wonderment taht underpins the human experience."--The Daily Beast
"...elegant and wistful..."--Time Out New York
"...emotionally rich...Greer is an artful, elegant writer...The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells is a deeply romantic book."--Miami Herald