• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 22, 2016)
An achingly beautiful novel about the power of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring strength of love
On Valentine’s Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water.
Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forget Max, the one who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives.
As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti, trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, must confront each other and face the truth about their past, while Gene embarks on a frantic search through the realization of his worst nightmares to find his way back home to his ailing lover. And by morning, nothing will be the same.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the tour for All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review of it.
In All Stories Are Love Stories a catastrophic natural disaster sweeps its way through San Francisco causing tons of unimaginable damage and tragic casualties. In the midst of this we follow the stories of our main characters, as well as some side characters that all have their roots in some type of love whether it be familial love, romantic love, unrequited love etc.
I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like All Stories Are Love Stories. Honestly when I heard the title of this book I was instantly intrigued as it is a beautiful title and one that I think is absolutely fitting for what the author has done in this book. I am giving this book a four star review as I loved it and really enjoyed it. I will say that this book had somewhat of a slow start and I didn’t actually get completely invested in it until around page 100 although I think that the information that we are given before that is important as we are getting back story from our main characters lives and the story builds upon that foundation as it goes with separate storylines converging when the catastrophe hits. I love books that do that and I think this one does it very well.
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book as I went in pretty blind to the plot, I read a description of it a few months ago and forgot what it was about when I received it. I’m glad it went down like that. I loved the underlying love theme in this book and for me, it was really touching. It felt real to me and also sort of freaked me out as I am going to be in that area soon! Definitely recommend giving this book a read!
About Elizabeth Percer
Elizabeth Percer is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received a BA in English from Wellesley and a PhD in arts education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for the National Writing Project at UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her husband and three children. All Stories Are Love Stories is her second novel.