Annotations for Man Alive!


Baker & Taylor
After being struck by lightning, pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner only wants to barbecue and his patients and family, who rely on him to make sense of their world, must find a way to deal with this life-changing event.

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Baker & Taylor
After being struck by lightning, pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner only wants to barbecue, and his patients and family, who rely on him to make sense of their world, must find a way to deal with this life-changing event.

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McMillan Palgrave

A warm, funny, and profoundly original novel about a family dealing with disaster, from a rising literary star

All it takes is a quarter to change pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner's life. When the coin he's feeding into a parking meter is struck by lightning, Lerner survives, except that now all he wants to do is barbecue. What will happen to his patients, who rely on him to make sense of their world? More important, what will happen to his family?
The bolt of lightning that lifts Lerner into the air sends the entire Lerner clan into free fall. Mary Kay Zuravleff depicts family-on-family pain with generosity and devastating humor as she explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family--and without. Man Alive! captures Owen and Toni Lerner and their nearly grown children so vividly you'll be looking over your shoulder to make sure the author hasn't been watching your own family in action.

A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013



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