The Heart of Henry Quantum

The Heart of Henry Quantum

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Henry Quantum has several thoughts going through his head at any given time, so it's no surprise when he forgets something very important--specifically, a Christmas gift for his wife, which he realizes on the morning of December 23. Henry sets off that day in search of the perfect present for her: a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume. But much like Henry's ever-wandering mind, his quest takes him in different and unexpected directions, including running into the former love of his life, Daisy. His wife, meanwhile, unhappy in her marriage, is hiding a secret of her own. And Daisy, who has made the unsettling choice of leaving her husband to strike out on her own, finds herself questioning whether she and Henry belong together after all. A sweet, funny, and touching debut from author Pepper Harding shows how the seemingly insignificant events of one single day can change our lives forever--perhaps, if we're lucky, for the better.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781501126826
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 24, 2018

This is the type of book that makes you think about what life is and how our decisions get us to where we are. It makes you wonder about what ifs and the state of things and what role fate has in the design. All the while, the book simultaneously bores you to some extent because the plot takes a back seat to these musings. About half-way through, you realize this book can't have a traditionally good ending because life does not have a tidy ending; it just goes on. The references made in this novel are detailed and time-specific, rendering it a contemporary novel placing you in the shoes of the character as he walks through a realistic day.
If you are the type of person who reads for escape, adventure, or comforting resolutions to conflict, this is not the book for you. If you are seeking an existential prompt about the fabric of your reality, check this title out.

SPL_Stephanie Dec 21, 2016

Full review that was first published in the Stratford Gazette Dec. 19th 2016 can be found under Summary.


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SPL_Stephanie Dec 21, 2016

Just in time for the winter holidays, “The Heart of Henry Quantum” tells a humorous and witty story of one man’s sole mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for his wife. Under the pen name of Pepper Harding, an author renowned for his works in entirely different genres crafts a whimsical and festive tale of an eccentric fellow named Henry Quantum.

Meet Henry Quantum: a bemused and peculiar forty-something advertising executive. The date is December 23rd, the city is bustling New York, and the seemingly impossible task is purchasing Chanel No. 5 Perfume for his wife. Although Henry has scheduled the tasks of the day to the millisecond, his journey to the department store is easily and often interrupted by many distractions along the way.

Among the many disruptions, the most notable is an uncomfortable encounter with his former lover that results in a heated and painstakingly honest reunion. All the while, his wife is plotting misadventures and discovering startling revelations of her own. Through alternating narratives, Harding provides readers with the opportunity to follow a day in the life of three central characters: Henry, his wife Margaret, and his ex-girlfriend Daisy.

Through his quirky writing style, Harding takes a sliver from the famed movie ‘Love Actually’ and divulges into a hilarious and captivating tale both filled with innocent gift giving and egregious adultery. Those that enjoy the awkward yet loveable character of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect will enjoy the equally idiosyncratic character of Henry Quantum. This upbeat and witty novel will bring reprieve from the gloomy weather and lift your spirits for the coming of another hectic holiday season.

Give yourself a much needed break during the busy holiday season and pick up this enjoyable read, and many others, at the Stratford Public Library.

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