The Constant Heart

What does it mean to be a decent man? To love well, with fidelity and constancy? These are the lessons that Jake’s father, a wildlife biologist, tries to impart to his son, often on fishing trips to their beloved Furnace Creek. Bound up in the laws of Einstein’s theories, these lessons will ultimately influence Jake’s own career as an astronomer. Out on the creek, both father and son conquer their greatest challenges: marital infidelity, professional setbacks, and Jake’s long term, passionate obsession with his childhood crush.

The Constant Heart is a potent, and moving book that utilizes the laws of nature and science to illuminate what it means to be a man today. It is an inspiring book that most immediately celebrates the bonds of father and son while exploring the beauty and intensity of love and the profound attachments between human beings, even in the face of great disease and danger.

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By Justin (Glendale Heights, IL) · ★☆☆☆☆ · December 26, 2012
Michael Silverblatt raved about this book and while he never really recommends books, he did so with this one. I raced through the first 120 pages. He sets up this book with a beautiful metaphor that he could have played with the entire book. Einstein's constant of how the universe is not only ex... ...more
By Hobart (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 15, 2014
Not the best Craig Nova book I have read, but it is well written and engaging. It was a quick read and at times rather insightful. What made it difficult for me to really get into this book is how heavy it lays on the "this is what it means to be a man" shtick and the dated, Victorian notion of s... ...more
By Melissa (Raleigh, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · April 25, 2014
I remember coming to the decision sometime in my 20's to rid myself of toxic friends. this is touted as a story about fidelity, but I couldn't get past my anger at Sara. so selfish, so self-destructive and immature -- she drags these wonderful men down into the mess she makes for herself. and I d... ...more
By Chet (The United States) · ★★★★★ · January 06, 2013
Not as commercial or well-known as Grisham or Baldacci, Craig Nova is one of my favorite authors. A well-crafted story with lots of wisdom and lessons within the words; a damned good read! ...more
By Erik (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · January 16, 2013
That the NYTimes didn't bother to review this gem of a book is a solid indication of the current deficiencies of our culture. ...more
By Heather (Suffolk, VA) · ★★★★☆ · February 22, 2013
Forgiveness is a virtue. Go fishing with your father whenever you have troubles. Be humble like him. ...more
By Gwendolyn · ★★★★☆ · December 29, 2012
First-person narrator Jake is an astronomer and professor at a university in upstate New York. This novel is his story of his relationship with Sara, a rebellious and lost woman Jake first fell in love with as a teenager. This is also the story of Jake's relationship with his saintly but passive... ...more
By John (Elk River, MN) · ★★★★☆ · March 28, 2013
This is the story of an honorable man. He is a man who take each day as it comes. Despite being given a bad hand, he continues to support those who could easily be dismissed. This is also about betrayal, dysfunction, pain, and passion. The storyteller is searching for a meaningful universe and lo... ...more
By Bethany (Mississauga, ON, Canada) · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 10, 2015
I gave this book a 100 pages to peak my interest. It was going nowhere very slowly ...more
By Nicholas (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · July 12, 2013
The arc of this story is quite unlike many being written today. Instead of a race to the finish line or tense denouement, the plot develops a languor that is at times oppressive, and then seductively soporific. It is not so much the action that compels you to turn the page, but the investment you... ...more