The author of Out of the Blue establishes himself in the tradition of such writers as Norman Rush and Russell Banks with a profound new novel. Seven years ago, Penny assisted in the suicide of her mortally wounded lover. Now, as she fights her own debilitating illness, she is daunted by her past and her future, and is forced to determine what ...
The author of Out of the Blue establishes himself in the tradition of such writers as Norman Rush and Russell Banks with a profound new novel. Seven years ago, Penny assisted in the suicide of her mortally wounded lover. Now, as she fights her own debilitating illness, she is daunted by her past and her future, and is forced to determine what makes a life worth living.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-11-27 Beckett, bicycling, basketball, bears and blood sugar are among the diverse interests of this meditative road story told in the stunning voice of a diabetic, emotionally scarred young woman. At 29, Penny Culligan, a jazz-loving student of Irish literature, is writing her doctoral thesis as she bicycles from Chicago to Alaska to confront a past trauma. She's bicycling back to the place where her lover, David, was mauled by a grizzly. Haunted by the experience, by the fact that she honored David's request to help him die, as well as by the impending threats of her own disease, Penny has lived in cautious solitude for the past seven years. Now, on this somewhat hazardous trek with the oft-postponed thesis deadline looming, she takes stock of her life. Along the way, she meets the possibly dangerous Ndele Rimes, who claims to be an NBA basketball player but might, she fears, be lying. Poet (Great America) and novelist McManus (Out of the Blue; Chin Music) makes interesting use of Beckett, relating his obsession with physical decay to Penny's diabetes, but ultimately this novel, with its heartland highway vistas and constant motion, could not be more American. If the ending is a bit awkward or unsatisfying, it only underscores the paramount importance of journey over destination. Penny's narrativeæby turns lyrical, pissed off and longingæis a triumph. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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