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All about Lulu by Jonathan Evison
All about Lulu

Griffin, January 8, 2010

In his debut novel, Jonathan Evison crafts a tale about obsession, family, and professional bodybuilding. The Dickensian cast of characters will make you laugh, but, if you're anything like me, will surely leave you feeling crushed moments later. However, without pain, there can be no gain.

Part of what makes "Lulu" such a success is love. Evison demonstrates love for each and every one of these characters, and perhaps more broadly for humanity, even a guy with a moniker as dubious as "Acne Scar Joe." This love permeates the entire novel, and causes you to love his creations, as well.

If you want to familiarize yourself with a bright, talented, new literary voice, then pick up a copy of this book. Additionally, if you're a fan of author events, don't miss this man when he comes to town. He brings a circus. In a good way.

Already read "All About Lulu," and on the prowl for something new? His second novel, "West of Here," will be out this Fall. Huzzah!
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