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    DescriptionRay Robinson is one of the most arresting voices to come out of England in recent years. He is an assured, fearless young storyteller whose novel recalls the clarity and visceral power of Chuck Palahniuk and early Mary Gaitskill, and the redemptive spirit of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. His debut novel, Electricity, is a tour-de-force portrayal of a heroine you will not soon forget. Thirty-year-old Lily O'Connor has epilepsy, uncontrollable surges of electricity that leave her in a constant state of edginess. She sees the world in terms of angles: looking at every surface, weighing up every corner, and thinking of her head slamming into it. Prickly, up-front honest, and down-to-earth practical, Lily has learned to make do, to make the most of things, to look after--and out for--herself. Then her mother--whom Lily has not seen for years--dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she'd long since left behind. Reunited with her brother, a charismatic poker player, Lily pursues her own high-stakes gamble, setting out for London to track down her other, missing brother, Mikey. Her only lead is an ex-girlfriend who wants nothing to do with their family. In the pandemonium of the city, far from familiar allies, Lily's seizures only intensify. As her journey takes her from her comfort zone, it leads her into the question of what her life is meant to be. Electricity is Lily's story, told in fits and starts. Powerful, fresh, and utterly compelling, it is a debut that establishes Ray Robinson as an important and fearless new talent.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ray Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 330
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 413 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802170354
    ISBN 10: 0802170358

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 823/.92
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6118.O247 E44 2007
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Illustrations note
    Grove Press
    Imprint name
    Black Classic Press
    Publication date
    10 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A quest, narrated in Lily's engagingly unsentimental voice . . . Hallucinatory flashbacks, downward-counting chapter numbering, pages of jagged typography, Icons of Lily's pills showing time passing, are used to illustrate the way Lily's fits shape her life and perceptions. Hours and days vanish, and have to be reconstructed from the unreliable accounts of others. . . . Electricity is a powerful, passionate, and informative book." -- Roly Allen