Man Alive! - Mary Kay Zuravleff

Grammarians typically advise exclamation points be used sparingly, but the one affixed to the end of the title could not be more appropriately placed. The third novel from local writer Mary Kay Zuravleff is exuberant, dazzling, and thrumming with electric energy. Psychiatrist Owen Lerner is hit by a bolt of lightning while feeding the parking meter during a vacation at the Delaware shore, changing his personality and altering the dynamic of his family. The incident comes to define him as he tattoos "lightning flowers" on his arm to echo the jagged pattern of capillaries that a lightning strike brings to the skin's surface. He also develops a comical lust for barbeque, filling the freezer with hunks of meat and constructing a chicken coop in the backyard. The lightning strike serves as a perfect metaphor for the way a single random incident can alter many lives, while highlighting the interconnectedness of the family ecosystem itself.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780374202316
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 3rd, 2013

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250056054
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Published: Picador - October 7th, 2014