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Mary Kay Zuravleff

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in Syracuse; grew up in Oklahoma City, The United States


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Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of three novels published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Man Alive! is her newest. Alice McDermott called it an "exuberant novel, a sparkling book"; Tom Perrott praised it as a "witty and engaging novel"; and Jane Hamilton said "This is a book to share, reading sentences aloud to marvel at."

She is also the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken, which the New York Times praised as "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming," and The Frequency of Souls, which the Chicago Tribune deemed a "beguiling and wildly inventive debut novel." Honors for her work include the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Jones Award. She grew up in Oklahoma City a...more

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Man Alive!: A Novel
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Bowl Is Already Broken:...
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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In every book group I visit, someone has been through something you can barely fathom. At the fabulous all-male book club (homemade liquor, grilled meats!), the guys argued about whether Owen being struck by lightning was a metaphor for midlife crisis or not. They'd identify usual midlife issues, and then someone would say, "But he was actually struck by lightning."

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Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"This is a great read, a real page turner. It’s a smart book, laced with symbolism and clever prose.
This story felt very real, and all the characters seemed like people I know. In particular, the author seems to have her pulse on the teenage/colleg..." Read more of this review »
Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis
Rainey Royal
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The cover of my copy is wavy because my palms were sweating the whole time. Dylan Landis knows how to unnerve a reader, even as the reader is appreciating being unnerved! Rainey Royal has extraordinary powers, some she doesn't even understand yet; me...more
The Stager by Susan Coll
The Stager
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read in May, 2014
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In her best novel yet, Susan Coll masterfully turns suburban life inside out. To the stager hired to depersonalize a house, every knickknack tells a story; namely, that Eve is beautifying the home of her former best friend, Bella, whose husband Lars...more
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Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank
Love is a Canoe
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Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
Loitering With Intent
by Muriel Spark
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There were some nice quips about writing here, and the premise is extremely clever. But the characters never came into focus, and while it had the makings of a madcap comedy, I wasn't laughing.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
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Beautiful unspooling and weaving of tales from an incredibly talented storyteller. Ultimately, the seams were not only too visible but also a little frayed. I became distracted by fitting the eras and lives together, and I was never convinced that Pa...more
Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"This book is so much fun -- I couldn't put it down. Mary Kay Zuravleff's colorful characters and on-the-spot descriptions never fail to entertain!"
Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"Loved the way the confusion of the drawn out lighting scene came into focus as the story evolved."
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“We should have made do at home. We threw away so much food."

Ricky says, "We ran out of ketchup," and the rest of them concur. No ketchup, no dinner.”
Mary Kay Zuravleff, Man Alive!: A Novel

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