The Norma Gene
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As the world's first completely illegal clone of America's 16th President, Abe Finkelstein grew up with just one wish: to live his life just like anybody else. But when you're a living ringer for one of the country's best-loved historical figures, privacy is hard to come by-especially when your face is on money. Across town, Norma Greenberg, one of the world's many Marilyn Monroe clones, is struggling with identity issues of a different sort. It's not easy going through life as a copy of the beautiful Norma Jeane Baker! When Abe is taken away by government agents eager to discover the secrets of his illustrious ancestor, Norma could be Abe's last hope of escape-or, thanks to her kleptomania, his worst chance of recapture. With only their wits, a cigarette lighter, a bottle of perfume, and the disembodied arm of Richard Nixon, can Abe and Norma make it back to safety and anonymity?
Praise For The Norma Gene…
"A gorgeous, funny romp along the seam between reality and artifice, fame and obscurity, history and Disney, Roufa has a deft, hilarious touch. This is a wry, gleeful take on the choice between destiny, authenticity, love, and the eternal call of the stovepipe hat." — Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
"Roufa's characters are both endearing and funny, and she plumbs the premise they're based on for delightfully zany details" - Kirkus Reviews "A perfect gem with terrifically simple and funny twists." — Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days and The Bucolic Plague
"An intriguing premise and cerebral writing make The Norma Gene a rollicking good read." — Kathy Hepinstall, author of Blue Asylum and Sisters of Shiloh
Bitingduck Press, 9781938463419, 238pp.
Publication Date: August 3, 2015
About the Author
M.E. Roufa has ridden an ostrich, appeared on Jeopardy, and can crochet a mean banana. In her spare time, she works as an award winning advertising writer and creative director whose work has appeared everywhere from the Super Bowl to the sides of shampoo bottles. The Norma Gene is her first novel.