“Strikingly pure of heart, voice and message, The Atlas of Love tells the story of a life lived on the treadmill of academia. It’s likely to be a favorite of your bookseller, because it’s a life that will resonate—a lot of hard work, little traditional payoff, yet, somehow, all worthwhile. Therein lies the brilliance of this book. Frankel puts the reader into that frame of being, where it becomes easy to understand how a friend would be willing to give so much to help sustain another. Though the payoff is hard-earned and unusual, it’s also extraordinary. Frankel’s prose flows easily, heavily laced with candor, wit, and emotion, in a way that brings to mind a modern Jane Austen of the Pacific Northwest.”—Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Books, Seattle
This book was selected by a committee of indie booksellers for its 2010 Shortlist.