The Frequency of Souls A Novel

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Picador

031242485X

9780312424855

Trade Paperback

256 Pages

$17.00

CAD19.50

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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 re-evaluate everything in his life from love and family, to science itself. Obsessed by the six-foot-tall Niagara, the very foundations of George’s belief in facts and the physical world are shaken when she reveals that she is on an incredible 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 buttersofteners with the miraculous.

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"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

"Beguiling and wildly inventive . . . A funny and wholly original love story that weds the everyday to the supernatural."—Chicago Tribune

"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

"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)

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Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken. A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mary Kay Zuravleff

  • Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken. A former editor of books and exhibition texts for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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