Thorndike Press

The Heart of Henry Quantum

  • Pepper Harding
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  • ISBN-10: 1410497844
  • ISBN-13: 9781410497840
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .95 lbs ( .43 kgs)
  • 298 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released March 2017



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.

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Customer Reviews

“A highly entertaining read that will remind readers of the power of one day to change a life.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Harding’s debut novel is a winsome tale of an unexpected love triangle late in life . . . As the past is revealed to the reader and Henry must choose his future, the alternating viewpoints add velocity to this fun, fanciful story that will keep readers guessing until the end.”

— Publishers Weekly

“In Harding's wry debut fiction . . . The San Francisco setting is perfectly mapped on the page . . . Henry's a perfectly sketched character, his interior monologue at times funny, at times profound.”

— Kirkus Reviews