Above the Thunder: A Novel

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MacAdam/Cage, 2003 - Fiction - 333 pages
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Anna has just turned fifty, widowed, estranged from her only child, and embittered by a life that is full on the surface but empty at its core. When her daughter, Poppy, calls after a twelve-year absence and asks if she and her family can visit, Anna reluctantly agrees. Soon after, Poppy's husband and their ten-year-old daughter, Flynn, show up on her doorstep without Poppy, to stay.
As a favor to a friend, Anna agrees to help coordinate a support group for HIV patients. On the first day she meets Jack, who must choose between his "considerable appetites" and Stuart, his partner who has been unwaveringly faithful for over a decade. Stuart, in turn, struggles with whether his deep love for Jack will survive the storms ahead.
It is Flynn - imaginative, inspired, and haunted by her convictions about the spirit world - who becomes the center of this unlikely but devoted family.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Manfredi's expertly driven first novel is a graceful and wonderful story--one of those stories that, very simply, remind us why and how we get so wrapped up in stories. Exploring the unpredictable ... Read full review

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User Review  - kmmt48 - LibraryThing

The premise of this story was intriguing. The novel is very character driven and the reader cares about each character, flawed as they are. The novel starts to loose its interest when the interaction ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Ren?e Manfredi is the author of critically acclaimed Above The Thunder (MacAdam/Cage.)

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