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All about Luluby Jonathan Evison
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Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller. Growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new stepmother, and his irrepressible crush on his new stepsister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself-- discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he'd long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from--and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
"William Miller Jr. is a skinny wallflower in coke-bottle glasses whose mother died of cancer while he's still young. When his father, a professional bodybuilder named Big Bill, remarries, Will gains a confidante and object of obsessive adolescent love in his new stepsister, Lulu. Will's sweet-sounding voice is one of his defining characteristics; he dreams of taking advantage of it as a radio show host, and Michael Mish's voice is correspondingly rich and expressive: it sounds like it would be right at home on the airwaves. Mish's performance adeptly communicates Will's intense longing for Lulu, his feelings of inadequacy, and his heartbreak. The narration is well paced, and every one of Will's self-deprecating jokes is ably timed. His Lulu makes a believable progression from chatty girl to hysterical-sounding teen to distressed young woman. His Big Bill is somehow both stoic and goofy, and Mish brings the right amount of dopiness to Will's dim-witted twin brothers. Even minor characters are afforded memorable voices in this superb reading. A Soft Skull hardcover. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"No pain, no gain" is the mantra in the award-winning first novel about growing up and into world.
About the Author
Jonathan Evison is the author of four novels, including The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, West of Here, and All About Lulu. He lives on the coast of Washington State with his wife and two children.
MICHAEL MISH has narrated nature films and done animation voice-overs since 1983 for Hanna Barbera, Ruby Spears, DIC, Disney, and many national TV/Radio commercials. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, including "A Kick in the Attitude", as well as having composed the music for the "Conversations with God" series. A videographer and published author/composer, he lives in Ashland, Oregon. He teaches scuba, piano and voice. And, he loves to dance.
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