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Lake Overturn (Paperback)

Author:  Vestal McIntyre
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0061671266
ISBN-13: 9780061671265
Sku: 212585479
Publish Date: 6/29/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  443
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A Washington Post Best Book of the year
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Eula, Idaho, has never seen a battle, an earthquake, or a Democrat in City Hall. Yet life here is anything but simple.

Lina's angry son JesÚs has recently returned to the trailer park after living with wealthy white foster parents. Her younger son Enrique and his best friend, Gene—who lives in a neighboring trailer with his very Christian mother, Connie—are misfits who cling to their studies in the face of schoolyard cruelties. Determined to win the statewide science fair, Enrique and Gene devise an experiment involving "lake overturn," a phenomenon in which deadly gases erupt from a lake's depths. In their endeavor to discover if Eula could suffer from such an event, the boys come into contact with an odd assortment of locals—including a frail-hearted school principal with grand ambitions, a lonely lawyer who finds new love as his wife is dying, and a woman who decides to escape a life of exploitation and addiction by becoming a surrogate mother.

With sweeping perspective and a Victorian wealth of character, Lake Overturn exposes small-town America in all its beauty and treachery, sunshine and secrets.

Enrique and Gene, two poor science-loving kids living in an Idaho trailer park, become determined to win the state science fair by exploring the phenomenon of erupting lethal gases called "lake overturn." Meanwhile their single mothers Lina and Connie struggle with their own problems: an unruly teenage son returned from foster care, and a new understanding of religious faith. Vestal McIntyre's literary portrait of life in the trailer park is filled with deep empathy, unforgettable characters, and unexpected and heartbreaking narrative twists.


"An author is lucky to bring one character vividly to life; the gifted McIntyre...has done it for all of his. It may seem odd praise for a writer, but it's among the highest: as you drink in this book, you barely notice the words." - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow 06/21/2009

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