The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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When lightning strikes, lives are changed.
On a sunny day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, eight-year-old Becca Burke was struck by lightning. No one believed her--not her philandering father or her drunk, love-sick mother--not even when her watch kept losing time and a spooky halo of light appeared overhead in photographs. Becca was struck again when she was sixteen. She survived, but over time she would learn that outsmarting lightning was the least of her concerns.
In rural Arkansas, Buckley R. Pitank's world seemed plagued by disaster. Ashamed but protective of his obese mother, fearful of his scathing grandmother, and always running from bullies (including his pseudo-evangelical stepfather), he needed a miracle to set him free. At thirteen years old, Buckley witnessed a lightning strike that would change everything.
Now an art student in New York City, Becca Burke is a gifted but tortured painter who strives to recapture the intensity of her lightning-strike memories on canvas. On the night of her first gallery opening, a stranger appears and is captivated by her art. Who is this odd young man with whom she shares a mysterious connection?

When Buckley and Becca finally meet, neither is prepared for the charge of emotions--or for the perilous event that will bring them even closer to one another, and to the families they've been running from for as long as they can remember.

Crackling with atmosphere and eccentric characters, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors explores the magic of nature and the power of redemption in a novel as beautiful and unpredictable as lightning itself.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307464477
Branch Call Number: F YOU NVD
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 22 cm


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A young girl is struck by lightning in her driveway one afternoon, but no one believes her. A young boy’s mother, in another part of the country, is killed by lightning. She grows up to become an angst-ridden artist who paints scenes of lightning; he writes The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors. The parallel stories of two dysfunctional families and these unusual “survivors” is a beautifully-written page-turner. (submitted by GA)

Feb 06, 2014

A lot of growing up angst between the two main characters until they finally meet. A bit improbable.

Aug 08, 2010

not a bad read. the story flips back and forth between the lives of two off-beat characters, who finally come together at the end. however, the ending is unexpected and not as satisfying as I would have hoped.

Jul 28, 2010

The story was difficult to follow because it jumped back and forth through time and characters.

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