All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison
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Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself — discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he'd long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from — and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
 

About Jonathan Evison

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Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. His first novel, All About Lulu, won the Washington State Book Award. This is his third novel.
 
Published March 1, 2009 by Soft Skull Press. 345 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Big Bill develops heart problems, the result of steroid use;

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William's father, Big Bill, remarries a grief counselor named Willow, and Will spends the following decades in love with Louisa (Lulu, as she prefers to be called), his new stepsister.

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he dreams of taking advantage of it as a radio show host, and Michael Mish's voice is correspondingly rich and expressive: it sounds like it would be right at home on the airwaves.

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It’s not that she outsmarted him --- I could’ve done that --- it’s the way she outsmarted him, the way she did everything, like she was dancing with life and let life lead, doing everything life did, only backwards and in heels.” In short, she is irreplaceable, and while Doug and Ross fall in wit...

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She is an idealization, a static vision, and the supervising taboo of incest (Lulu as Lolita) retreats beneath Will's assertions of her transcendence (Lulu as Beatrice).

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