Grace by Calvin Baker

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What follows is standard-issue escape and pursuit, but the soul mates still find time to extol the cosmic energy of their first meeting. A muddled spiritual inventory that could have used a lighter touch.
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Harper Roland has abandoned his job as a war correspondent, and returned home a weary, jaded 37-year-old. Uncertain of the future but determined to move forward with his life, he begins a search for enduring love--hoping he will also regain the ability to see the beauty of the world.

Along the way, he meets an intellectually gifted but emotionally absent doctor, a beautiful Parisian artist who burns too hot to the touch, and a human rights lawyer who has left New York in search of a more centered life.

The novel's sweeping tale encompasses four continents--where prior assumptions are constantly tested, and men who cling too passionately to certainty unleash destruction--and ultimately leads Harper back to the chaos he was trying to escape. The result is a startlingly fresh view of the contemporary world, in which place and history are mere starting points for the deeper journey into the geography of the human heart.
 

About Calvin Baker

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Calvin Baker was born in Chicago and graduated from Amherst College. He has written one previous novel and lives in New York City.
 
Published June 6, 2015 by Gallery Books. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Below average
on Apr 15 2015

What follows is standard-issue escape and pursuit, but the soul mates still find time to extol the cosmic energy of their first meeting. A muddled spiritual inventory that could have used a lighter touch.

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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jul 14 2015

...Grace is Harper’s book. Other characters are there, but they are merely supporting characters and extras in the Harper Roland story. If Baker can get you to buy into that story, Grace will be a satisfying read. Unfortunately, that was one purchase I couldn’t quite make.

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