Synopses & Reviews
This is the story of an unlikely love at the dawn of the electric age in America. In 1914, Toma Pekocevic is a penniless immigrant in New York recently escaped from the bloody politics of the Balkans that has claimed most of his family. He is also a gifted inventor who designs a revolutionary water turbine while working with Harriet Bigelow, scion of a proud Connecticut iron-making dynasty now fallen on hard times. Their attraction is immediate and overwhelming, but every circumstance is against them. Toma's invention is all he has after losing Harriet to a wealthy politician, but he is determined to win her back, setting the stage for a confrontation that could change not only his life but the course of scientific progress.
“Skillfully intertwining fact and fiction, Lawrence generates an electric history of ideas, kindled by the flames of capital and passion.” Publishers Weekly
“Lawrence blends science and romance into an immensely readable story; his descriptions … are as exciting as they are beautiful.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The Lightning Keeper is a great novel, a transcendent and enduring American novel. I loved it.” Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
“Lawrence has created a very American saga.” Booklist
About the Author
Starling Lawrence is the editor in chief and vice chairman of W.W. Norton & Company. He is the author of the novel Montenegro and the story collection Legacies. He lives in New York City and northwestern Connecticut.