The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

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Price
$16.00
Publisher
Broadway Books
Publish Date
Pages
376
Dimensions
5.27 X 0.86 X 7.96 inches | 0.63 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307464484
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About the Author

Michele Young-Stone is the author of three novels: Lost in the Beehive (2018), Above Us Only Sky (2015) and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors (2010), which the Boston Globe called "an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters brilliantly described." She lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and son.

Reviews

β€œ[N]othing in this novel is predictable, which is one of many reasons that it’s a delight. Young-Stone has written an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters, brilliantly described. . . . [H]er style certainly has an electric immediacy.”
β€”"Boston Globe
"
β€œA cast of good and bad characters and the interplay of human aspirations and chance. As with Dickens, life is a battle of survival here as well as a journey of understanding. . . . [Young-Stone] does not turn away from the harsh disappointments of modern life in America. In fact, she is at her best as an explorer of the ways in which we sometimes fail our children and burden them with traumas that blight their adult lives. Still, her storytelling also leaves room for forgiveness, reconciliation, friendship and love.”
β€”"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
β€œMost writers entertain the not-so-secret wish that at least portions of their prose will pop and zin
"[N]othing in this novel is predictable, which is one of many reasons that it's a delight. Young-Stone has written an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters, brilliantly described. . . . [H]er style certainly has an electric immediacy."
--"Boston Globe
"
"Like a modern fairy tale, "The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors" shows the reader how to survive the inevitable; its magical coincidences are both possible and impossible, beautiful and tragic."--"Blackbird
"
"A cast of good and bad characters and the interplay of human aspirations and chance. As with Dickens, life is a battle of survival here as well as a journey of understanding. . . . [Young-Stone] does not turn away from the harsh disappointments of modern life in America. In fact, she is at her best as an explorer of the ways in which we sometimes fail our children and burden them with traumas that blight their adult lives. Still, her storytelling also leaves room for forgiveness, reconciliation, friendship and love."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Most writers entertain the not-so-secret wish that at least portions of their prose will pop and zing with verbal electricity. But it's difficult to construct a hook for your average dysfunctional-family story quite as illuminating as when the author herself, and also several of her characters, have actually been struck by lightning. Michele Young-Stone's first novel blends both true and fictional accounts of cascading storms of the heart and the sky. . . . Death, art, ghosts, love and the search for redemption populate her pages as frequently as the ominous rumble of thunder."
--"Richmond" S"tyle Weekly"
"Young-Stone tells parallel stories that hurdle storm after storm headlong into one another. . . . [She] is a very fine writer who has created a host of endearing losers--young, old, literate, and simple, all full of longing. What she does best is portray the incredulousness of the unlucky."
--"Publishers Weekly
""Each character in this startlingly mature debut novel, from Becca's self-absorbed father and self-destructive mother to Buckley's evangelical stepdad, is complicated, nuanced, and sympathetic. Young-Stone's writing style is crystal clear and shot through with lightning-like flashes of description so vivid that readers might think that they are watching a movie. VERDICT It's not often that this reviewer regrets a book ending, but that's what happened here. The sense of melancholy, tempered by the resilience and heart of the characters, makes this ripe for Oprah or fans of Elizabeth Berg or Anne Tyler."
--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Luminescent . . . Becca and Buckley's parallel stories, as well as curiosity about how their paths finally converge, will keep the pages turning, while the complex, colorful characters, and the deep bonds that form between them in spite of and even because of the tragedies they survive, will live on in readers' minds long after they reach the end of this powerful, beautiful novel."
--"Booklist" (starred review)
""The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors" is a quirky, intelligent, funny and well-written book filled with characters so imperfect they look like you and me." --"The Raleigh News Observer"
"Vibrant, funny, complicated, magical, heartbreaking, electric. Michele Young-Stone's debut novel The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors is all of this and more. I loved it! I've been waiting to read a book like this for years."
--Sheri Reynolds, bestselling author of "A Gracious Plenty" and "The Sweet In-Between
"
"If you have anything else to do in your life, don't open the cover of Michele Young-Stone's The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors. You won't be thinking about anything except Becca Burke's amazing life for a very long time . . . "
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of "The Deep End of the Ocean
"
"Yes, it's a book about lightning, but it's so much more. It's about the interconnectedness of our stories, our seemingly lonely and individual sufferings. It's about the strength of the human spirit. It's about finding redemption where you least expect it. This book, like lightning itself, will take your breath away." "Our State Magazine"

"From the Hardcover edition."
[N]othing in this novel is predictable, which is one of many reasons that it s a delight. Young-Stone has written an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut, full of complex characters, brilliantly described. . . . [H]er style certainly has an electric immediacy.
"Boston Globe
"
"Like a modern fairy tale, "The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors" shows the reader how to survive the inevitable; its magical coincidences are both possible and impossible, beautiful and tragic."--"Blackbird
"
A cast of good and bad characters and the interplay of human aspirations and chance. As with Dickens, life is a battle of survival here as well as a journey of understanding. . . . [Young-Stone] does not turn away from the harsh disappointments of modern life in America. In fact, she is at her best as an explorer of the ways in which we sometimes fail our children and burden them with traumas that blight their adult lives. Still, her storytelling also leaves room for forgiveness, reconciliation, friendship and love.
"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Most writers entertain the not-so-secret wish that at least portions of their prose will pop and zing with verbal electricity. But it s difficult to construct a hook for your average dysfunctional-family story quite as illuminating as when the author herself, and also several of her characters, have actually been struck by lightning. Michele Young-Stone s first novel blends both true and fictional accounts of cascading storms of the heart and the sky. . . . Death, art, ghosts, love and the search for redemption populate her pages as frequently as the ominous rumble of thunder.
"Richmond" S"tyle Weekly"
Young-Stone tells parallel stories that hurdle storm after storm headlong into one another. . . . [She] is a very fine writer who has created a host of endearing losers young, old, literate, and simple, all full of longing. What she does best is portray the incredulousness of the unlucky.
"Publishers Weekly
""Each character in this startlingly mature debut novel, from Becca s self-absorbed father and self-destructive mother to Buckley s evangelical stepdad, is complicated, nuanced, and sympathetic. Young-Stone s writing style is crystal clear and shot through with lightning-like flashes of description so vivid that readers might think that they are watching a movie. VERDICT It s not often that this reviewer regrets a book ending, but that s what happened here. The sense of melancholy, tempered by the resilience and heart of the characters, makes this ripe for Oprah or fans of Elizabeth Berg or Anne Tyler."
"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Luminescent . . . Becca and Buckley s parallel stories, as well as curiosity about how their paths finally converge, will keep the pages turning, while the complex, colorful characters, and the deep bonds that form between them in spite of and even because of the tragedies they survive, will live on in readers minds long after they reach the end of this powerful, beautiful novel."
"Booklist" (starred review)
""The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors" is a quirky, intelligent, funny and well-written book filled with characters so imperfect they look like you and me."--"The Raleigh News Observer"
"Vibrant, funny, complicated, magical, heartbreaking, electric. Michele Young-Stone s debut novel The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors is all of this and more. I loved it! I ve been waiting to read a book like this for years."
Sheri Reynolds, bestselling author of "A Gracious Plenty" and "The Sweet In-Between
"
"If you have anything else to do in your life, don t open the cover of Michele Young-Stone s The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors. You won t be thinking about anything except Becca Burke s amazing life for a very long time . . . "
Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of "The Deep End of the Ocean
"
"Yes, it s a book about lightning, but it s so much more. It s about the interconnectedness of our stories, our seemingly lonely and individual sufferings. It s about the strength of the human spirit. It s about finding redemption where you least expect it. This book, like lightning itself, will take your breath away." "Our State Magazine"

"From the Hardcover edition.""