The Lightning Keeper: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Lightning Keeper: A Novel (Paperback)


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This is the story of an unlikely love at the dawn of the electric age in America. In 1914, Toma Pekocevic is a penniless immigrant in New York recently escaped from the bloody politics of the Balkans that has claimed most of his family. He is also a gifted inventor who designs a revolutionary water turbine while working with Harriet Bigelow, scion of a proud Connecticut iron-making dynasty now fallen on hard times. Their attraction is immediate and overwhelming, but every circumstance is against them. Toma's invention is all he has after losing Harriet to a wealthy politician, but he is determined to win her back, setting the stage for a confrontation that could change not only his life but the course of scientific progress.

Starling Lawrence is the editor in chief and vice chairman of W.W. Norton & Company. He is the author of the novel Montenegro and the story collection Legacies. He lives in New York City and northwestern Connecticut.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060825256
ISBN-10: 0060825251
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 12th, 2007
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: P.S.

“The Lightning Keeper is a great novel, a transcendent and enduring American novel. I loved it.” — Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

“Skillfully intertwining fact and fiction, Lawrence generates an electric history of ideas, kindled by the flames of capital and passion.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lawrence blends science and romance into an immensely readable story; his descriptions … are as exciting as they are beautiful.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Lawrence has created a very American saga.” — Booklist