Tornado Alley

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Tornado Alley is a story of a man and a woman who are on a dangerous collision course. Marie Boule is a love-starved young woman who grew up in a small, impoverished town in Pennsylvania, and her one desire is to find a comfortable, easy life. She thinks she is capable of hardening her heart and making any sacrifice necessary to get where she's going. It is only a matter of time before she meets Ben Lunn, a bright and responsible man who thinks he has made his peace with the woman he has married and the demands ...
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Overview

Tornado Alley is a story of a man and a woman who are on a dangerous collision course. Marie Boule is a love-starved young woman who grew up in a small, impoverished town in Pennsylvania, and her one desire is to find a comfortable, easy life. She thinks she is capable of hardening her heart and making any sacrifice necessary to get where she's going. It is only a matter of time before she meets Ben Lunn, a bright and responsible man who thinks he has made his peace with the woman he has married and the demands of being a father and husband. When Ben and Marie meet it is with all the unstoppable quality of a force of nature: at first, they are just pleased with each other's company, a kind of innocent companionship they both crave, but soon they enter into a secret bond.
Benn Lunn's life has been marked by gifts, not the least of which is a kind of magical sense about the world. He is the son of a small-town doctor, and in the heat of the place where he grew up, in the scandals of those around him, there is always the constant presence of the effect of passion. His mother ran off to become an actress... his father keeps his own love alive, waiting for her return.
Marie has seen, in her own youth, the result of love come to nothing, and she is determined to avoid this at all costs...
Tornado Alley is a compelling novel about love and loss, honor and passion, and the mysteries of the human heart. It is told with drama and humor, and its characters are real people dealing with the recognizable problems of life.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prize-winning novelist Nova Incandescence ; The Good Son compellingly explores the dark, fatalistic love between earnest Ben Lunn, a doctor's son expert at predicting storms, and Marie Boule, who calls herself ``Christine Taylor'' ``that's a name you could fall in love with'' and trades sex for money. While young, both lovers have sexual experiences that grind them down, readying them for their mutual entrapment. Ben marries Faith, a wistful epileptic who clings to her sickness to hold her husband. Both women are ill-educated, desperate and dependent, but in Marie there is an animal wildness revealed by her cat-like pacing, by the deer she tattoos on her breast and its subtle connection to her father's poaching business. The story drives to its harrowing conclusion with an inevitability rooted in Ben's and Marie's early lives. Both have fathers loyal to the homestead ``waiting'' is a sub-theme and restless mothers who burst out of their humdrum marriages. Nova conveys superbly the futility of his characters' lives in decaying American small towns--Ben's in California, where wind, dust and thirst dry the bones, and Marie's in Pennsylvania--while making this very stagnation seem precious once it is lost. This is riveting American tragedy comparable to that of Dreiser or Cain. May
New York Times
Mr. Nova’s women are alive and interesting even (or particularly) when
the world around them is not…There are brilliant stretches of writing as
well as truly touching glimpses of deeply hurt but paradoxically alive
people...
Seattle Times
When I think of Craig Nova's novels of the 1980s — The Good Son, The
Congressman's Daughter, Tornado Alley — I see them as the all‐American
prose equivalent to Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 and 7. …there's a
genuinely classical grandeur to Nova's tales of erotic derailment and titanic
family conflict…
John Irving
In novel after novel, [Nova] made the most unlikely characters sympathetic
— and, especially lately, he’s often put them on a collision course.
Maybe this first and most forcefully got my attention in Tornado Alley but
it continues…
LA Times
Nova delivers a prose that is…lyrical, subtle, almost poetic, a prose that
makes his characters' emotional lives palpable, a prose that makes a sad
story pleasurable to read.
Massachusetts Review
…the real whirlwind here is the narrative voice…Tornado Alley is narrated
from inside, voices issuing from a whirlwind. One sometimes has the
sense the covers may be blown right off the book… This is a long, complicated
novel that rolls into its dark conclusion with a kind of evolutionary
grind that would make Thomas Hardy sit up and recite the last lines of 'Hap'..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983677444
  • Publisher: PFP Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/31/2011
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Nova is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including The Congressman's Daughter and The Good Son, and one autobiography. His latest novel is The Informer, a literary thriller set in 1930s Berlin.

Nova's writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Men's Journal, among others. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005 he was named Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

"Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best," writes Jonathan Yardley, book critic for the Washington Post. "If you haven't read him, the loss is yours. ...the more he writes, the better he gets."
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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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