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Katherine Heiny: Standard Deviation

In Conversation with Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls

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Now available in paperback, Heiny’s debut novel is a witty exploration of the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken. When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, who is garrulous, messy, spontaneous—and the opposite of his first wife.  Audra firmly believes that through the sheer force of her personality she can overcome the most socially challenging interactions, shepherding her 10 year-old son, who has Asperger’s, through awkward playdates and origami club, and even deciding to establish a friendship with Graham’s first wife Elspeth. And as Graham and Audra share dinners, holidays, and late glasses of wine with his first wife, he begins to reconsider his choices, his past and his future. Heiny, author of the acclaimed short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow, has written a novel as poignant as it is hilarious. 

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