Man Alive!

By Mary Kay Zuravleff
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374202316, 304pp.)

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.

Go


Description

A warm, funny, and profoundly original novel about a family dealing with disaster, from a rising literary star

All it takes is a quarter to change pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner’s life. When the coin he’s feeding into a parking meter is struck by lightning, Lerner survives, except that now all he wants to do is barbecue. What will happen to his patients, who rely on him to make sense of their world? More important, what will happen to his family?
     The bolt of lightning that lifts Lerner into the air sends the entire Lerner clan into free fall. Mary Kay Zuravleff depicts family-on-family pain with generosity and devastating humor as she explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without. Man Alive! captures Owen and Toni Lerner and their nearly grown children so vividly you’ll be looking over your shoulder to make sure the author hasn’t been watching your own family in action.

A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013




About the Author
Mary Kay Zuravleff is also the author of "The Bowl Is Already Broken", which "The New York Times" praised as "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming," and "The Frequency of Souls", which the "Chicago Tribune" deemed "a beguiling and wildly inventive first novel." Honors for her work include the American Academy's Rosenthal Award and the James Jones First Novel Award, and she has been nominated for the Orange Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.
Indie Bookstore Finder
EBbooks and EReaders
Find great gifts: Signed books
Link to IndieBound






Update Profile