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At almost forty, George Mahoney has been designing Coldpoint fridges for as long as he can remember. At this point, enters Niagara, tall, clumsy and myopic, the polar opposite of George's demure wife Judy. As they sit working together each day, Niagara, with her quest for electrical evidence of life after death, begins to seep into his consciousness. The protective shell that George has so carefully constructed to guard against love and spontaneity begins to crumble as he rediscovers himself in this gentle and charming love story.
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`A seductively witty novel on the theme of marital fidelity and
the male menopause' -- Daily Telegraph
`A warm and exotically satisfying novel about sympathy, loneliness
and the capriciousness of love' -- Julie Myerson
`It is quite possible that refrigerator design has never been so
interesting' -- The Times
`Razor-sharp wit ... behind the work's cool exterior lies a
surprisingly warm account of family life' -- Independent on Sunday
Winner of the American Academy's Rosenthal Foundation Award
Winner of the James Jones First Novel Award
"Beguiling and wildly inventive...A funny and wholly original love story that weds the everyday to the supernatural."--"Chicago Tribune
George Mahoney suspects he is getting a little stale at redesigning refrigerators, after fourteen years in the same job. With the arrival of his new office mate, Niagara Spense, George is forced to reevaluate everything in his life from love and family, to science itself. Despite his allegiance to facts and the physical world, George becomes obsessed by the six-foot-tall Niagara, who reveals that she is on a quest for electrical evidence of life after death-"audible fossils," she calls them. As Niagara Spense seeks the dead, and George seeks her, everything suddenly becomes possible in a novel that makes engineering funny, and mixes the world of icemakers and butter softeners with the miraculous.
"Riveting ...Zuravleff has created some of the most wonderfully realized characters in current fiction."--"Dallas Morning News
"Read this book! Zuravleff fashions small moments of comic wonder in this novel of family and FM frequencies, magic and flirting, metaphysics and doughnuts."--"San Diego Tribune
"Engaging...Zuravleff's insightful yet gentle rendering of the absurd [allows] readers to connect fully with her quirky and endearing characters."--"The New York Times Book Review
"Page after page, the descriptions of the novel are laugh-out-loud funny. Smart and refreshingly tender...with a stylish ebullience reminiscent of Anne Tyler."--"News & Observer (Raleigh)
Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of "The Bowl Is Already Broken.Her previous jobs include teaching writing and calculus, working in engineering plants, and editing for museums. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.
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