Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 28 minutes
First Published: 2018
Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, 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 a brief, tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.
Quotes from How to Walk Away
More than anything, I know that you just have to choose to make the best of things. You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there really are all kinds of happy endings.
Because that’s all we can do: carry the sorrow when we have to, and absolutely savor the joy when we can. Life is always, always both.
Needing to find reasons to live had forced me to build a life worth living.
When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.
You can’t ask someone to love you or be there for you or do the right thing—and you certainly can’t guilt them into it. Either they will or they won’t.
About Katherine Center
Katherine Center is the author of seven novels, including How to Walk Away, Things You Save in a Fire, and What You Wish For. She has written five comic novels including The Bright Side of Disaster and The Lost Husband. Center regularly speaks on writing and currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and family. Visit the author’s website →