With the offbeat charm of The Rosie Project and generous warmth of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, a wry, moving debut novel about a pair of unforgettable siblings and a love triangle of sorts—one with math as its beating heart.
One of Cosmopolitan's Best Books of 2023
Meet Art and Mimi Brotherton. Devoted siblings and housemates, they’re bound together by the tragic death of their parents. Mathematical genius Art relies on logic, while Mimi prefers to follow her heart.
When Mimi decides she needs more from life than dutifully tending to her brilliant brother, she asks for his help to find love. Art agrees, but on one condition: that she find her soulmate using a strict mathematical principle. Things seem promising, until Mimi meets Frank: a romantic, spontaneous stargazer who’s also a mathematician. Despite Mimi’s obvious affection for the quirky Frank, Art is wary of him from their very first encounter.
As Art's mistrust of Frank grows, so do Mimi's feelings, and the siblings' relationship is brought to a breaking point. Something about Frank doesn't quite add up, and only Art can see it . . .
The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything is a tender, intelligent and uplifting novel about brothers and sisters, true love in all its forms, and how the answers to life’s biggest questions follow a logic of their own.
About the Author
Kara Gnodde was born in Johannesburg and raised on a diet of Dr. Seuss and no TV. After graduating from the University of Cape Town, she joined Saatchi & Saatchi in London as a strategic planner -- work that required head and heart, her favorite kind. She lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore before settling back in the UK with her husband and three children. A discussion on the radio about a math problem that could change the world, or perhaps just help keep her desk tidy, gave her a place to start The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything, her debut novel.
“If this novel about mathematicians were a math problem, and Kara Gnodde set out to prove that love is varied, unpredictable, and infinite in its capacity to expand, then she's done it. I adored this quirky, big-hearted book.” — Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
“The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything is (quite) wonderful. Happily, no math is required to find Kara Gnodde’s writing—rich with metaphor and passion—totally absorbing. A delight.” — Katherine Heiny, author of Games and Rituals
"Gorgeous." — Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of The Love of My Life and Ghosted
"The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything is a moving exploration of the bond between siblings and the long shadow of tragic events on the way they navigate relationships. It's also a compelling novel about the many ways that we protect the people we love."
— Balli Kaur Jaswal, author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and Now You See Us
“A delightfully clever tale of first love, loss and an unforgettable sibling relationship.” — Marianne Cronin, author of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
"The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything is such a special novel. Tender, unique and uplifting, it explores sibling love, romantic love and the love between friends. Such an accomplished debut." — Beth O'Leary, internationally bestselling author of The Flatshare and The No-Show
“Kara Gnodde’s debut novel is an exquisite piece of writing that is as intricate and beautiful as mathematics itself. Do not miss this one.” — Annabel Monaghan, author of Nora Goes Off Script
“A perfectly balanced equation of head and heart. I fell in love with Mimi and Art, and the smart, funny, tender world that Gnodde creates. My book of the year.” — Kate Weinberg, author of The Truants
“Sorrow, warmth, and tension mix in this unique and compelling novel.” — Booklist
"A spirited debut. . . . Readers will be rewarded." — Publishers Weekly