Lake Overturn

Lake Overturn

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"Striking.... An author is lucky to bring one character so vividly to life: the gifted McIntyre has done it for all of his." --New York Times Book Review

"I felt as if I were reading a modern-day Middlemarch." -- Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man

A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle's Ferro-Grumley Award, Lake Overturn is the stirring debut novel of small-town America from critically acclaimed author Vestal McIntyre (You Are Not the One). With intricate plots involving an array of fully realized characters, and dealing with themes such as autism, homosexuality, religion, and addiction, Lake Overturn is sure to appeal to fans of the literary work of Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction), Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), and Alice Munro (The Moons of Jupiter, The Love of a Good Woman).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 443 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 30.48mm | 340.19g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061671266
  • 9780061671265
  • 1,518,747

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A Washington Post Best Book of the year
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Eula, Idaho, has never seen a battle, an earthquake, or a Democrat in City Hall. Yet life here is anything but simple.

Lina's angry son Jesus has recently returned to the trailer park after living with wealthy white foster parents. Her younger son Enrique and his best friend, Gene--who lives in a neighboring trailer with his very Christian mother, Connie--are misfits who cling to their studies in the face of schoolyard cruelties. Determined to win the statewide science fair, Enrique and Gene devise an experiment involving "lake overturn," a phenomenon in which deadly gases erupt from a lake's depths. In their endeavor to discover if Eula could suffer from such an event, the boys come into contact with an odd assortment of locals--including a frail-hearted school principal with grand ambitions, a lonely lawyer who finds new love as his wife is dying, and a woman who decides to escape a life of exploitation and addiction by becoming a surrogate mother.

With sweeping perspective and a Victorian wealth of character, Lake Overturn exposes small-town America in all its beauty and treachery, sunshine and secrets.
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Review quote

Richly imagined and fully realized, Overturn has given us what we didn t know we were waiting for: the next Great Idahoan Novel. --Out Magazine"
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Rating details

306 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 31% (96)
4 38% (116)
3 22% (66)
2 6% (19)
1 3% (9)
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