Release Date: July 20, 2021

Print ISBN: 978-1-948559-57-7 • EPUB ISBN: 978-1-948559-60-7 • Kindle ISBN: 978-1-948559-58-4 • PDF ISBN: 978-1-948559-59-1

"Amanda Kabak is a writer to watch. She's an old-fashioned storyteller whose sharp eye is trained on a changing world. Smart, funny, and heartfelt, The Mathematics of Change is a brilliant debut.”

—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and an Oprah's Book Club Pick for An American Marriage


"An extraordinary, deftly crafted novel, impressively original, and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library contemporary LBGTQ fiction collections."

—Midwest Book Review

Maddie has everything the way she likes it. Her start-up, Mindful Management, is the work of her heart, and her business partner, Joe, the ideal complement to her talents. Of course she’d like to see her younger brother move past his barista stage and get serious, but brotherly obligation means she can work on him during their weekly diner dates. She doesn’t like to think about her ex, the perfect Jane, but even if their breakup was painful, it was grown-up. The boxes are getting checked. Things are humming.

But then everything is turned upside down when Maddie survives a vicious attack by an unknown predator. The moment she opens her eyes in the hospital, it’s as if her life starts up all over again on a brand-new day one—except this new timeline reveals that nothing in her old life was what it seemed. Everything Maddie thought she needed isn’t turning out how she planned, and honestly, wasn’t how she really liked it after all.


Amanda Kabak is the author of The Mathematics of Change, a novel. Her recent work has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Sequestrum, and the Laurel Review, among other publications. She was a recipient of the Al-Simāk Award for Fiction from Arcturus Review, the Betty Gabehart Prize from the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference, and the Lascaux Review Award for Fiction.


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