(RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY) – What happens when an ordinary person becomes extraordinary?
Tobias starts out in life much the same as any of us — not rich, not poor, with imperfect parents and unlimited ambition. When he’s 20 years old, his future is altered in irreparable ways after a tragic car accident pushes him down a new path. The once-promising anthropology major is forced to abandon his dreams in order to care for his orphaned, brain-damaged younger brother.
In his late 30s, Tobias works in a bookstore, trying desperately to make ends meet to support his family. His daily grind only reinforces the sadness that broken dreams and bad luck bring in their wake.
How many times have you heard someone say, “If only I won the lottery.”
When Tobias finds he has won the Mega Millions lottery, his unimaginable bad luck seems to have changed into unimaginable good luck … or has it?
Find out more about the complications of Tobias’s friendship and rivalry with his best friend, Martin; the effects of all this bad luck and good luck on his marriage; and the struggles of his brother, Simeon, once a talented cartoonist in … You Never Know.
About the author: Lilian Duval was born in New York City of French-speaking parents. She is a technical writer for a software company, and before that, created software for Wall Street firms until the terrorist attack on her building in 2001. Her employment history includes, in chronological order: nurse’s aide in a nursing home; bookkeeper’s assistant at O. Henry Steak House in Greenwich Village; suburban stringer for a small-town newspaper; teacher of English as a second language; and instructor in computer programming. Lilian lives in New Jersey with her husband George, a native of Singapore. They have two sons and a daughter, all grown, and several cats. She studies classical guitar and enjoys attending concerts and plays in New York City. Learn more at http://www.lilianduval.com/
What they're saying about You Never Know: "In her charming, fast-paced debut novel You Never Know, author Lilian Duval asks the timeless question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” And the answer for one small suburban nuclear family in New Jersey is a resounding “Yes!”
~ K.L. Stover, novelist, philosopher and conceptual artist
Title: You Never Know
Author: Lilian Duval
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publication Date: March 15, 2011
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