“This is the story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me…”
And so begins the bestselling novel hailed as a new kind of American love story with a fresh voice and whimsical style that critics called “masterful,” “mesmerizing,” “wonderfully inventive” and “heartwarming.”
J.J. Smith is Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary.
J.J. has clocked the world’s longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, 172 feet 4 inches. He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle, 177 feet 9 inches. He has tasted the world’s largest menu item, whole-roasted Bedouin camel.
But in all his adventures from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny windswept town in the heartland of America, where folks still talk about family, faith, and crops. Here, where he least expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer named Wally Chubb is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman.
In this vast landscape of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck by love for the same woman, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blonde hair. It is a feeling beyond measure, throwing J.J.’s carefully ordered world upside down, proving that hearts, like world records, can be broken, and the greatest wonders in life cannot be quantified.