The Lightning Keeper

By Starling Lawrence
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060825256, 414pp.)

Publication Date: June 2007

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This is the story of an unlikely love at the dawn of the electric age in America. In 1914, Toma Pekocevic is a penniless immigrant in New York recently escaped from the bloody politics of the Balkans that has claimed most of his family. He is also a gifted inventor who designs a revolutionary water turbine while working with Harriet Bigelow, scion of a proud Connecticut iron-making dynasty now fallen on hard times. Their attraction is immediate and overwhelming, but every circumstance is against them. Toma's invention is all he has after losing Harriet to a wealthy politician, but he is determined to win her back, setting the stage for a confrontation that could change not only his life but the course of scientific progress.

About the Author
Starling Lawrence is editor at large at W. W. Norton and the author of the highly praised Montenegro and "The Lightning Keeper". His fiction has been awarded the Lytle Prize by the Sewanee Review and the Balch Prize by the Virginia Quarterly Review

Praise For The Lightning Keeper

“The Lightning Keeper is a great novel, a transcendent and enduring American novel. I loved it.”
-Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

“Skillfully intertwining fact and fiction, Lawrence generates an electric history of ideas, kindled by the flames of capital and passion.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Lawrence blends science and romance into an immensely readable story; his descriptions … are as exciting as they are beautiful.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“Lawrence has created a very American saga.”

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