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In Every Way

A Novel

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February 9, 2016 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781619024595
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“Brown's prose is confident, intelligent and never precious. Its steady tone of understated realism serves the story well... Brown creates a fascinating situation and makes it seem real.” —New York Times Book Review

Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself in a predicament—unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, Maria’s decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone’s best interest, especially when it comes to light that the child’s father hasn’t exactly been faithful to her following the birth of her daughter. So when her mother proposes an extended trip to sleepy coastal town Beaufort—the same town that the adoptive couple Maria chose for her daughter just happens to live in—Maria jumps at the chance to escape.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Maria finds herself listless and bored soon after her arrival in Beaufort, and a summer job seems like a possible cure. She has kept close watch on the couple she chose to adopt her daughter—they live mere blocks away—and, as opportunity demands, she accepts a position as their nanny. Maria ingratiates herself into the family—hesitantly, at first, and then with all the confused and chaotic fervor of a mother separated from her child.

In Every Way is a heartfelt novel that brings to light the unknowing destruction that heartache can manifest, and it brims with the redemptive power of new beginnings.

NIC BROWN is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi and an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently he is an assistant professor of English at Clemson University.


“Brown’s prose is confident, intelligent and never precious. Its steady tone of understated realism serves the story well… Brown creates a fascinating situation and makes it seem real.” —New York Times Book Review

“The pregnant teen at the heart of Nic Brown’s In Every Way can’t say good-bye.” —Vanity Fair

“After giving up her daughter for adoption, 19-year-old Maria, overcome with separation anxiety, moves to the town where the adoptive couples lives and soon finds herself accepting a position as their nanny. Brown’s deadpan novel feels unerringly true.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“A book you can and will want to read in a long afternoon: Nic Brown’s In Every Way.” —Chicago Tribune

In Every Way is breathtaking. This tale told at the edge of a continent—full of salt breezes and huge betrayals and minor miracles—is wise and aching and true. It’s full of love and mistakes. Its intimacies resist categories and caution. It surges with a strange, stubborn hope. I read it in less than 48 hours and was utterly consumed by it, charmed by it, haunted by it. Nic Brown’s sensitivity to the absurdity and fragility of the world is wrinkled with nuance and unafraid of difficulty. This book has a pulse as close and insistent as the sound of your own heart in your ears.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

“…the novel is well worth the wait. Brown crafts a complicated tale of moral ambiguity about a woman who couldn’t say goodbye to her baby after the paperwork was signed.” —Kirkus

“…this meditation on what it means to be a mother is memorable and affecting.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Nic} Brown (Doubles, 2010) has a lovely touch with prose that ranges from funny to playful to moving in portraying birth, death, and relationships and examining what it really means to be a mother, making this novel as insightful as it is entertaining.” —Booklist

“With seductive precision and elegant calm, Nic Brown conjures an utterly believable young woman, full of yearning, regret, and hard-won wisdom. In Every Way is a humane wonder.” —Eli Horowitz, author of The Silent History: A Novel

“Intimate, poignant and filled with the delicate lurches and dark surprises of life, Nic Brown’s In Every Way is a gem. As our protagonist Maria hazards down an increasingly crooked path, we feel our sympathy for her—and our attachment to her—grow powerfully. That’s a testament both to Brown’s skill and empathy, and to the novel’s keen emotional truths.” —Megan Abbott, author of The Fever: A Novel

“How can a novel so sad be so funny? And one so funny so sad? Nic Brown catches us when we’re not looking. He shines light in our corners. He is a master at his craft and a tremendous talent. I loved this book.” —Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“I’ve long admired Nic Brown’s wise, funny, and mischievous writing, and IN EVERY WAY offers those delights and more. A poignant, wonderful, and wonderfully original novel.” —Edan Lepucki, author of New York Times bestseller, California

“Haunting, darkly sweet, and piercingly insightful. Inside the bones of a thriller, Nic Brown has created a novel full of grace.” —Rosecrans Baldwin, author of You Lost Me There and Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

“Extraordinary. Nic Brown has entered the mind of Maria, a 19-year-old woman, and rendered her utterly real, cruel, sensual, and funny. Sentence by sentence, Nic Brown has the eye of a craftsman. It seems Brown can do anything.” —Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

“Equal parts tender and ruthless, In Every Way is a story of what it means to invite one disaster in to escape another, and emerge startled on the other end of it. Nic Brown has a tremendous gift for rendering human longing, in its messy warping of internal logic and the way it gives new shape and glimmer to the palpable world, and Maria is a riveting protagonist even as she cannot determine what to smash and what to save. Through Maria’s struggle to understand the best way to take care of the people she loves, Brown delivers a poignant and sharp exploration of caretaking itself, and how we learn to simultaneously hold on and let go.” —Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

“Nic Brown has crafted a poignant, lovely story that is surprisingly uplifting and well worth the read.” —Wilkes-Barre Times Leader


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