Lightning Song

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Algonquin Books, Sep 1, 1998 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Leroy Dearman, age 12, lives on a llama farm, and life is pretty much perfect. It's true that his grandfather just died in the attic and wild dogs stalk the baby llamas. It's true that one little sister curses him and the other one wets her pants. Mostly, though, life is right out of 'Looney Tunes.' No wonder the llamas greet each sunrise with a song. Enter Uncle Harris, roaring up in his new red sports car. He's separated, dressed to kill, full of jokes and new ideas. Romance itself. Harris sets himself up in the Dearman attic with a telephone, a TV, a tasseled lamp, and a stack of "Playboy" s. The day Leroy avails himself of the centerfolds, life on the llama farm changes forever. It's like Leroy's been struck by lightning. Or love. He sees things he never noticed before -- his daddy's embarrassing withered right arm, the way his mother blushes around Uncle Harris. (Leroy thinks he knows why Uncle Harris and his mother want him to go to baton twirling lessons with his sisters; he thinks he knows why they want the house to themselves.). That summer, the Dearman farmhouse fills right up with electricity. The atmospheric pressure of family life shifts and lightning indeed strikes. But the lightning also sings.
  

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User Review  - Pamela - Goodreads

I have been amazed and entertained by the two previous Nordan books I've read (The Sharpshooter Blues and Wolf Whistle). This one, no. I didn't finish it and won't be going back to it. The problem ... Read full review

Review: Lightning Song

User Review  - Pamela - Goodreads

I have been amazed and entertained by the two previous Nordan books I've read (The Sharpshooter Blues and Wolf Whistle). This one, no. I didn't finish it and won't be going back to it. The problem ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Lewis Nordan was born in Forest, Mississippi on August 23, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree from Millsaps College, a master's degree from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. He taught at the University of Arkansas and elsewhere before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. He retired from there in 2005. His first book, Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair, was published in 1983. His other works include Wolf Whistle, Lightning Song, Sugar among the Freaks, and Boy with Loaded Gun. He died due to complications of pneumonia on April 13, 2012 at the age of 72.

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