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Publisher Comments:

Above the Thunder tells the mesmerizing story of three generations of women confronting the emotional turmoil of abandonment, and the men with whom their lives converge. Young and ambitious Anna puts her career on hold to support her husband through medical school; only to find out she's pregnant when it's her turn. Troubled and difficult from the start, Anna's daughter, Poppy, hasn't been home since she drove away with the man who came to buy the family's VW bus. After a twelve-year absence, Poppy begs to reunite with her now widowed mother, only to disappear again, leaving her mysterious and wildly imaginative young daughter, Flynn, in Anna's care.

This is also the story of Jack and Stuart, a couple struggling with commitment despite their love for one another. When Jack and Stuart meet Anna in a support group, they feel a connection that eventually leads them to form a loving, if unlikely, family. Gorgeously written and imbued with both wisdom and humor, Above the Thunder reminds us that created families can be every bit as vital as the families into which we are born.

Review:

"[S]tunning....To describe the novel as a brilliant, issue-oriented drama shortchanges Manfredi's accomplishments...smooth storytelling, compassionate and probing narration and imaginative plotting [make] for a heady blend..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Longer and rather more drawnout than it needs to be, but a good account of friendship and loss, freshly narrated with a minimum of stereotypes and some sharply drawn characters." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] moving, engrossing family drama....Manfredi handles each character confidently and credibly." Whitney Scott, Booklist

Synopsis:

Above the Thunder tells the story of three generations of women and the men with whom their lives often unexpectedly converge.

About the Author

Renée Manfredi received her MFA from Indiana University, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a regional winner of Granta's Best American Novelists Under 40. Her short story collection, Where Love Leaves Us, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her short stories have been published in The Mississippi Review, The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and featured in NPR's "Selected Shorts" series. Manfredi is currently an associate professor at the University of Alaska. Above the Thunder is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931561594
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Author:
Manfredi, Renee
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Aids
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
9.25x6.47x1.25 in. 1.44 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Above the Thunder
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Product details 334 pages MacAdam/Cage Publishing - English 9781931561594 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[S]tunning....To describe the novel as a brilliant, issue-oriented drama shortchanges Manfredi's accomplishments...smooth storytelling, compassionate and probing narration and imaginative plotting [make] for a heady blend..."
"Review" by , "Longer and rather more drawnout than it needs to be, but a good account of friendship and loss, freshly narrated with a minimum of stereotypes and some sharply drawn characters."
"Review" by , "[A] moving, engrossing family drama....Manfredi handles each character confidently and credibly."
"Synopsis" by , Above the Thunder tells the story of three generations of women and the men with whom their lives often unexpectedly converge.
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