THE CONSTANT HEART
What does it mean to be a decent man? To love well, with fidelity and constancy? These are the lessons that Jake's father, a wildlife biologist, tries to impart to his son, often on fishing trips to their beloved Furnace Creek. Bound up in the laws of Einstein's theories, these lessons will ultimately influence Jake's own career as an astronomer. Out on the creek, both father and son conquer their greatest challenges: marital infidelity, professional setbacks, and Jake's long term, passionate obsession with his childhood crush.
The Constant Heart is a potent, and moving book that utilizes the laws of nature and science to illuminate what it means to be a man today. It is an inspiring book that most immediately celebrates the bonds of father and son while exploring the beauty and intensity of love and the profound attachments between human beings, even in the face of great disease and danger.
Praise for The Constant Heart
"Superb in prose and its evocations of character and nature, The Constant Heart is a wonderful novel by a writer whose range continues to dazzle me. As a writer, I marveled at the pure scope of Nova's gifts as a storyteller. As a reader, I simply enjoyed my ride through the emotional heart of this affecting novel."
-- Oscar Hijuelos
"One of our most original, brilliant, disturbing writers, who's so fierce he'll take on anything. Here—dark energy: of love, of the cosmos, and of the interrelationship between the two. Nova challenges the reader, writes passages as beautiful as some of James Salter's, is always upping the ante, and is always himself." Read more
-- The New Yorker - Best Books of 2012
"…An evocative family yarn…Nova has again produced expertly drawn characters and carefully measured, suspenseful prose with some surprises, all with undertones orbiting around Einstein's cosmological constant theory of relativity." Read more
—Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"[A] psychologically intriguing and richly metaphorical plot is irradiated by rhapsodic visions of celestial forces and earthy glory and trouble. A heart-jolting yet solicitous tale fueled by Nova's passionate reminder that not all men are brutes."
"Of the writers writing in America today, [Nova] is one of the very greatest. [The Constant Heart is] a book of excellence worthy of our approval and support."
—Michael Silverblatt, "Bookworm"
"Honor, destiny, caprice, oblivion — Nova's novel parlays them all into a life-and-death struggle filled with moments (a surreal appliance-store holdup, a good-guys/bad-guys chase across the wilds of upstate New York) that feel as elemental as they are revealing of human foible and character."
—The Seattle Times
"[A] meditative, philosophical, and beautifully realized novel about the nature of embattled American manhood. Both Jake and his father are deeply sympathetic characters, and Nova celebrates perhaps most fundamentally here the compassionate and honorable way they treat the women in their lives…discussions of Einstein's theory of relativity are interspersed throughout the novel, providing a fascinating thematic element related to the search for something constant in a world defined by change and instability. This is a novel of deep maturity and thoughtfulness." —Library Journal
Praise for Craig Nova
"Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best. If you haven't read him, the loss is yours."
—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Nova's novels deserve to be ranked among the best American fiction of the past two decades. . . . The more he writes, the better he gets."
"An exquisitely delineated battle between father and son . . . The structure and language of this novel are almost without fault."
—John Irving, New York Times Book Review
"A riveting, finely rendered, insight-provoking novel . . . tense and fast-paced . . . hard-boiled and lyrical."
—Los Angeles Times
"[A] spine-chilling journey . . . moves with breakneck speed. Written with clarity and vivid detail, the book is troubling but poignant—burrowing into that shadowy, universal fear of uncertainty and malice. The book haunts, lingering in the mind long after the last page."
"Dynamite . . . Like Graham Greene or Albert Camus."
"Made me hold my breath. It's so intense, it blew me away. Sentence by sentence, the book is just fabulous."
"Nova executes like a chess master, all the while ratcheting up the tension and calling into question any sense of security, order, or reason. Like the best of noir, Nova's novels, serpentine in their structure, speed, and toxic bite, remind us that while dark forces are always present, we must embrace love." —Booklist
"Compulsive and relentless."
"Visceral and noirish . . . Unnerving and profound."
"One of the country's most gifted novelists."