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  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780452290075
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320

And Sometimes Why

A Novel



A "smart, sharply observant, even gently funny" (The Washington Post) debut novel of heartache and joy

Witty and surprising, Rebecca Johnson's first novel is about the unexpected links between one family and the world around them. Sophia and Darius have a well-worn marriage, two teenage daughters, and no foreseeable drama on the horizon. One morning, the two girls fight over the keys to the family car and set into motion an accident. The accident triggers a chain of events involving Harry, a still handsome B-list celebrity game-show host; Anton, a sexually repressed unemployed filmmaker; and Misty, who has reached month seven of what was supposed to be a six month campaign to make something of herself. Profoundly honest, this is a novel about the unpredictability of life, and the joy and heartache of how deeply one person's life can affect so many others.

  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780452290075
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson, a nationally-awarded school science specialist teacher, has published over eighty children’s books and stories in fiction and non-fiction on Australian birds and animals. She received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Rebecca’s books for Steve Parish Publishing (now Pascal Press) have sold over three million copies around the world. Her series of illustrated insect books was commended in the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Awards. She is the author of the best-selling Juliet Nearly a Vet junior fiction series of twelve books, followed by Vet Cadets.

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Praise for And Sometimes Why

"Johnson's prose is wonderful." -The Washington Post "Wise and affectingly humane." -Vogue "The powerful story and characters will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned." -Booklist

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