Mary Kay Zuravleff

17 books | 254 friends

25,638 books | 5,001 friends

Ruth Pople
1,261 books | 1,373 friends

32 books | 31 friends

Susan Coll
12 books | 22 friends

186 books | 1 friend

0 books | 14 friends

Dr. Det...
5,445 books | 1,284 friends

More friends…

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Goodreads Author


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


twitter username



member since
August 2013

About this author

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

Average rating: 3.43 · 497 ratings · 109 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Man Alive!: A Novel
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 255 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Bowl Is Already Broken:...
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Frequency of Souls
3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 1996 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Bowl Is Already Broken
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2006
Rate this book
Clear rating
Gargoyle 58
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2012
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Mary Kay Zuravleff…
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."

Eventually, they urged one m... Read more of this blog post »
Like  •  0 comments  •  flag
Published on March 23, 2014 09:43 • 47 views • Tags: book-clubs, family, fiction, literary

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Mary Kay's Recent Updates

Mary Kay Zuravleff is now friends with Becky Wolsk
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
by Dylan Landis (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
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
by Susan Coll (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
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
Mary Kay Zuravleff joined the group Book Keeping
Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank
Love is a Canoe
by Ben Schrank (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
Loitering With Intent
by Muriel Spark
read in March, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
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
Rate this book
Clear rating
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!"
More of Mary Kay's books…
“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

Topics Mentioning This Author

74958 Book Keeping — 113 members — last activity Oct 31, 2014 05:33AM
Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Sarah Crichton Books / FSG present Book Keeping, a readers' community. Join us for discussions, author chats, and giveaw ...more

No comments have been added yet.