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Lightning Song (Paperback)

Author:  Lewis Nordan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1565122208
ISBN-13: 9781565122208
Sku: 30385704
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  273
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Twelve-year-old Leroy Dearman lives on a llama farm in Mississippi with his straitlaced family. Then Uncle Harris arrives and sets up a bachelor pad in the attic, and life is never the same again. Not since "Portnoy's Complaint" has a novel looked so hilariously and bittersweetly at the heartbreak of puberty.
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Twelve-year-old Leroy Dearman lives on a llama farm in Mississippi with his straitlaced family. Then Uncle Harris arrives and sets up a bachelor pad in the attic, and life is never the same again. Not since "Portnoy's Complaint" has a novel looked so hilariously and bittersweetly at the heartbreak of puberty.
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Leroy Dearman, age 12, lives on a Mississippi llama farm with his family and, until Uncle Harris moves in, life is calm and pleasant. But Uncle Harris introduces cocktail hour, racy stories, and (especially) "Playboy" magazine to the staid Dearman household, and Leroy's life is changed forever.
Author Bio
Lewis Nordan
Lewis Nordan served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1960. He attended Millsaps College, where he received a B.A. in 1963, and went on to Mississippi State University for an M.A. and Auburn University for a Ph.D. Because of the paucity of teaching positions after he left Auburn, Nordan took on jobs as an orderly, a nightwatchman, and a clerk from 1975 to 1981, though he did receive a National Endowment for the Arts Artist in Residence Grant in 1978. He later taught at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Hardly sentimental, Nordan's idiosyncratic fiction delights in its ragged edges--the tall tales, the wacky set pieces, the flat-out bizarre behavior." 04/01/1997

New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Nordan's narrative voice, Southern and boyish and goofy, comes close to merging with the boy it describes. Sometimes it seems as if Leroy were zipping open his chest and displaying his heart, naked with longing. I must confess--reviewers have hearts, too--that I love this boy. I also love the excesses of this novel's language....I love the novel's shifting tone, sardonic when that's required and tender when only tenderness will do." - Valerie Sayers 05/25/1997

Boston Book Review
"[In the hands of Lewis Nordan, the journey from childhood to maturity has once again become a risky passage packed with peril and surprise....[T]he often absurd exaggerations of his life make for compelling and often painfully funny reading....Each time the novel begins to lean toward the sentimental, Nordan rights it with a jerk of his dark humor. And each time the suffering of Nordan's world threatens to become oppressive, he comes back to the deep and genuine affection his characters feel for one another." - Michael A. Elliott June 1997

Voya
"This entertaining novel focuses on the characterization rather than plot. The assortment of characters is wonderfully eccentric and likeable....We laugh and cry with them all. It is these same characters who pull us along to a very satisfying ending." - Joyce Hamilton October 1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0273
Product attributePublisher:   Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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