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Publisher Description


I am Daniel Handler, the author of this book. Did you know that authors often write the summaries that appear on their book's dust jacket? You might want to think about that the next time you read something like, "A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers."

Adverbs is a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David -- or maybe it's Joe -- who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it's Joe who's in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, or in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name. So is Allison, who is married to Adrian in the middle of the novel, although in the middle of the ocean she considers a fling with Keith and also with Steve, whom she meets in an automobile, unless it's not the same Allison who meets the Snow Queen in a casino, or the same Steve who meets Eddie in the middle of the forest. . . .

It might sound confusing, but that's love, and as the author -- me -- says, "It is not the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done." This novel is about people trying to find love in the ways it is done before the volcano erupts and the miracle ends. Yes, there's a volcano in the novel. In my opinion a volcano automatically makes a story more interesting.

Fiction & Literature
October 6
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Postcardpublic ,

Masterful and delightful

In others's absence, I have to offer a positive review of Adverbs by Daniel Handler. It is a book I have returned to over and over for its masterful turns of phrase and deceptively casual connectivity, both to its own plot and to quite profound human insights. The "novel" is more a series of loosely overlapping vignettes that all seek to identify the concepts of "Love" from as many different angles as make sense. Some are very funny, some are sad and even frightful, some are hopeless, some are playful, many are redemptive. The real strength of the book is the way that it routinely blindsides the reader, in the middle of a nothing sentence, with a sudden marvelously new way to describe something we all recognize, but never articulate, about love, the way it's done, the people who do it, and the traces it leaves all around. If you appreciate wit, ideas, and fresh contemporary writing, definitely check this book out and let me know what you think. Happy reading!

TeaK27 ,


Not the worst book I have read, but the sample was enough for me. Good descriptive words and refreshing way to write, but the stories lacked emotion. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters except boredom. The stories also seem to end abruptly.

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