Electricity by Ray Robinson

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Ray Robinson’s visceral, ambitious debut novel Electricity is a tour de force portrayal of a heroine you will not soon forget. Thirty-year-old Lily O’Connor lives with epilepsy, uncontrollable surges of electricity that leave her in a constant state of edginess. Prickly, up-front-honest and down-to-earth practical, Lily has learned to make do, to make the most of things, to look after — and out for — herself. Then her mother — whom Lily has not seen for years — dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she’d long since left behind. Reunited with her brother, a charismatic poker player, Lily pursues her own high-stakes gamble, leaving for London to track down her other, missing brother Mikey. In the pandemonium of the city, Lily’s seizures only intensify. As her journey takes her from her comfort zone, it leads her into the question of what her life is meant to be.

About Ray Robinson

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Ray Robinson is an American journalist and nonfiction writer whose work often focuses on sports topics.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 372 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adrift in London (which she envisions as “a pile of bodies writhing like fat worms in a fisherman’s box”), Lily makes connections doomed to short-circuit: with Mel, the woman Cambridge grad and banker who takes her in (and undoubtedly loves Lily, secretly and guiltily);

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However, after a lifetime spent trying to avoid angles, sharp edges and jutting corners, it's easy to see why he might be eager to compensate Lily with a soft landing.

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San Francisco Chronicle

This isn't a question of Lily's alertness (in phases she has been overdrugged), but of the novel's alertness and compassion to Lily.

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