Going to the Sun: A Novel

Going to the Sun: A Novel

by James McManus

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Seven years ago, Penny's boyfriend was savagely attacked by a bear, setting off a chain of tragic events. Now, fighting a debilitating illness and haunted by her past, she finds herself incapable of emotional or sexual intimacy. As a way to break down the defenses she has built up in her safe Chicago life, she sets out on a cross-country bike tour. On this trip she meets Ndele, a beautiful, mysterious black man who challenges her to confront her ghosts and decide whether to put her past behind her and live or succumb to the terrible uncertainties that plague even her dreams.

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ISBN-13: 9780312423292
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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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Stuart Dybek

The admirably edgy energy that runs through John McManus's five previous books is a kind of signature. But in Going to the Sun there seems to be a special urgency about his writing that powerfully portrays the consciousness of his diabetic central character, Penny Culligan; it's an urgency capable of conveying not only her cross-country flight but the very spikes and plunges of sugar in her blood. It's an urgency that is finally a measure of the deep compassion in this intense novel.

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Going to the Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was instantly drawn into the story of Penny and her loss. The story is so beautifully written that I have since read it several times over. It is one of my favorites sitting on my bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished Going to the Sun and I hated to see it end. As a newly diagnosed type I Diabetic (at age 30), I loved reading about someone else¿s trials. I was very encouraged by Penny's determination and am thinking about wiping the dust off my (almost new) Trek.