Seven years after assisting in the suicide of her mortally wounded lover, Penny faces her own debilitating illness and sets out on a cross-country bike tour during which she meets a young black man who challenges her to confront her past and open herself up to intimacy. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.
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When Penelope Culligan agrees to accompany her boyfriend on a camping trip into the wilds of Alaska, so immersed is she in the first throes of love that she barely registers the dramatic majesty of the surrounding landscape. This landscape is brought rather harshly into relief, however, when her beloved David is savagely attacked by a grizzly bear.
David's horrifying accident -- and the chain of tragedies it sets into motion -- remains the defining incident of Penny's life. Seven years later, she is still traumatized: anguished by the details of David's attack, stalled in an unsatisfying academic program, unable to complete her Ph.D. dissertation. And now, Penny's own health is deteriorating, for she suffers from juvenile diabetes, a condition that threatens to halve her normal life expectancy, and whose chemical particulars -- insulin injections and blood sugar maintenance -- virtually control her behavior from hour to hour.
Haunted by her past and her future, Penny embarks on a cross-country bicycle trip back to Alaska, a pilgrimage she hopes will act as both a symbolic and literal emancipation. Temporarily free, Penny is at once exultant and vulnerable, newly open to the mysteries and wonders of the natural panorama, of her body's surprising physical stamina, of the compelling strangers she encounters. When she meets Nelson Rimes, a beautiful and enigmatic fellow traveler who is either the perfect catch or the perfect murder, Penny discovers that the defenses she's spent so many years constructing have very limited application out on the open road.
James McManus' extraordinary new novel is as riveting as it is disturbing, filled with the devastating insight and mordant wit, the emotional and erotic intensity that we have come to expect from McManus. A novel of astounding sweep and gravity, Going to the Sun is a triumph of action over stasis, of connection over isolation. McManus's Penny -- troubled yet hopeful, unflinching in her self-examination, full of a complex and utterly unsentimental courage -- is a moving and persuasive heroine on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.About the Author:
James McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.
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