From the celebrated author of Above the Thunder, a novel about wanderlust and reconciliation with family.
Sam meets Frannie in a West Virginia truck stop where she is a waitress on the verge of being fired for flushing a potato down the men’s room toilet.
Sam has tried five colleges in five different states and has worked an endless variety of jobs, including mail carrier, hospital orderly, factory drudge, and children’s birthday party clown. It isn’t until he encounters Frannie—who has moved forty-eight times in two years and who believes that her destiny, like that of all the great wanderers in history, will be revealed in the journeys she undertakes—that his restless heart meets its match.
However, as this pair of young nomads fall in love, they realize that staying together means, at least for a time, staying in one place. And as Sam tries to link his past with the present, he hopes to disprove the prediction his father, now deceased, once made for him: “The whole world is divided into runners and chasers. You’re either running toward, or you’re running away. You’ve spent your whole life trying to escape.”
Renée Manfredi received her MFA from Indiana University, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a regional winner of Granta's Best American Novelists Under 40. Her short story collection, Where Love Leaves Us, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her short stories have been published in The Mississippi Review, The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and featured in MPR's “Selected Shorts” series. Manfredi is currently an associate professor at the University of Alaska. Above the Thunder is her first novel.
“…about falling in love with someone you can never posess, or tame…We loved it.”
— Ann LaFarge, Constant Reader
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
trim size: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4