From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.


About The Book

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

  • bestelling author nina george

    "If you just read one book this year, read How to Walk Away"

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • bestselling author Jill santopolo

    "A heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELINOR LIPMAN

    “I couldn’t put this book down and didn’t want it to end."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • #1 bestselling author jenny lawson

    "I can't think of a blurb good enough. My favorite Katherine Center ever."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • bestselling author nina george

    "A beautiful and strong survival novel for the soul."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • pamela klinger-horn • excelsior bay books

    “Delightfully refreshing. An absolute charmer. Your next great read.”

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • #1 bestselling author emily griffin

    "Reads like an intimate conversation with your best friend."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • AUTHOR CATHERINE NEWMAN

    "I laughed a lot and cried a little. But mostly? I wished Katherine Center would move in next door.”

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • bestselling author NINA george

    "If you have friend who is lost in life, do them a favor and hand them this novel."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • #1 bestselling author Jenny Lawson

    "Poignant and funny and heartbreaking and joyful . . . so human and relatable."

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

  • bestselling author Karen White

    "A book that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.”

    on HOW TO WALK AWAY

Praise for How to Walk Away:

 

“Center knows how to keep the pages turning, ensuring readers will be completely swept up in Margaret’s story. With its appealing characters and wisdom about grappling with life’s challenges, Center’s sixth novel has all the makings of a breakout hit.”

—BOOKLIST / STARRED REVIEW

 

“In How to Walk Away, Katherine Center masterfully weaves together the wonderful, horrible, funny, painful, messy parts about being human to create a heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength. Through her characters, she shows readers that no matter what happens, hope and love are more powerful than tragedy and loss.”

―Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost

 

If you just read one book this year, read HOW TO WALK AWAY. Katherine Center has written a beautiful and strong survival novel for the soul.  If you have friend who is lost in life, do them a favor and hand them this novel.”

―Nina George, NYT bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

 

Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed . . . Katherine Center’s HOW TO WALK AWAY reads like an intimate conversation with your best friend. I wish I could go have coffee with Margaret now!”

―Emily Giffin, #1 NYT bestselling author of First Comes Love

 

“Novel immersion—that rare and wonderful state where I couldn’t put this book down and didn’t want it to end.  I SO rooted for narrator Margaret, for her wit and courage, and applauded the sweet cynicism that was all at once earned, sympathetic, and refreshing!  I highly recommend HOW TO WALK AWAY, and I thank Katherine Center for this reading pleasure.”

―Elinor Lipman, bestselling author of The Family Man

 

I can’t think of a blurb good enough. My favorite Katherine Center ever. Poignant and funny and heartbreaking and joyful all wrapped up in messy details that make this story so human and relatable. Clear your schedule because you won’t be able to put it down until it’s done.”

―Jenny Lawson, #1 NYT bestselling author of Furiously Happy

 

Center has a sharp eye for social dynamics and the comedy they produce and knows how to keep the reader engaged.”

—Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project

 

Don’t start How to Walk Away if you’ve got somewhere to be. It’s a cancel-all-plans kind of book, a call-in-sick-to-work kind of book, a just-one-more-chapter kind of book, even if your family is milling around starvingly, wondering aloud about dinner and whether it is going to get made. (Spoiler alert: No.) I fell in love with Margaret; I had a huge crush on the romantic lead; I laughed a lot and cried a little. But mostly? I wished Katherine Center would move in next door.”

—Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness

 

BOOKSELLER REVIEWS

“Delightfully refreshing. An absolute charmer. Your next great read.”

—Pamela Klinger-Horn, EXCELSIOR BAY BOOKS

 

“How to Walk Away is going to be the summer’s big hit!”

—Nancy Simpson-Brice, BOOK VAULT

 

“I have only just started reading How to Walk Away and am having to remind myself to breathe.” 

—Mary OMalley, ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP

 

“Katherine Center comes up with her best novel yet, with funny, snappy dialogue and a smart, sympathetic heroine.”

—Cynthia Kuhn, BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP

 

READER REVIEW

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E.K.B.

"This beautiful story is more than just a book about physical healing... it's about resistance, perseverance, determination along with heartbreak, loyalty, and trust all mixed in with love, family and, most of all, hope. Dedicate time to read this because you will not be able to put it down."

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ANGIE

"Wow! I don't know how to describe reading How to Walk Away by Katherine Center without sounding like a major fangirl. I picked it up in the afternoon thinking I could just read a chapter or two and get on with my day... never happened. This is one of those novels that will become a part of my "desert island library"—books I read and reread over the years because they are comfort food to my soul. I HIGHLY recommend this one."

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JEN

"This truly is one of the best, most romantic novels I have ever read. And I've read a lot. This book is a marvel! It's funny, romantic, tear-jerking, and profound."

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CINDY

"The story is clever, unpredictable, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable. Clear your schedule before you start it, because you will not be able to put it down."

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MARIA

"Prepare to be blown away by How to Walk Away, just one of Katherine Center's beautifully, often comically written, bittersweet novels of overcoming tragedy and persevering. I was hooked on the first page, and everything else had to wait while I delved, completely absorbed, into this fantastic book."

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PAMELA

"I am sorry the rest of the world has to wait until 2018 to read HOW TO WALK AWAY because it is truly a ray of sunshine in dark days."

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ELIZABETH

"Wow, this book is inspirational! The story is mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down. This is a book for everyone."

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BETH

"Absolutely stunning work! I adore the main characters, the story is well developed and fascinating."

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LINDA

"I really loved this book. The story is one that grabs you from the get go,the ending is superb with the writing inspiring, upbeat, and filled with subtle humor. I didn't want to put it down."

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STACY

"This story is tender and bittersweet most of all hopeful. I devoured it in one sitting and I can't wait to tell all of my friends to read it!"

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AIDA

"To say I loved this book is an understatement. It's everything you could want in a book and more. It's intense and emotional. You will be cheering for Margaret from the beginning up until the very end. Make sure that you leave plenty of time to devote to this book because I read it in less than a day."

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KATE

"You will know the characters from page one. You will love Margaret and relate to her and her situations. Katherine Center writes as if she is telling you a story that is truly happening while gulping down some strong coffee with close friends or sisters. I highly recommend this beautiful book. I savored it and look forward to reading more from this talented author. 5 STARS!!"

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KRISTEN

"Wow. I don't know where to begin. I didn't want to put this book down but at the same time I didn't want it to ever end. I know easily this will be one of my favorite books of 2018."

 

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