The Lightning Keeper by Starling Lawrence
A Novel

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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.


About Starling Lawrence

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Starling Lawrence is editor at large at W. W. Norton and the author of the highly praised Montenegro and The Lightning Keeper. His fiction has been awarded the Lytle Prize by the Sewanee Review and the Balch Prize by the Virginia Quarterly Review
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Toma, by now on GE’s payroll, becomes the great man’s “lightning keeper.” This at least is a coherent storyline, unlike the endless yearnings of Harriet and Toma, who worships the Senator’s wife unavailingly and abandons poor Olivia like roadkill.

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Historical Novel Society

The Lightning Keeper is the continuation of an earlier novel by Lawrence, Montenegro, which explains why the background of the young man from that country is so rich and detailed, appearing in this second book only as letters from his family and his memories.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… There are passages, as well, of extraordinary beauty, as when Harriet and Thomas steal away to ice skate together.’" Kathleen Cambor Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars "Lawrence … has written a subtle and moving novel, an old-fashioned narrative that addresses modern questions of ethnicity and...

Aug 29 2007 | Read Full Review of The Lightning Keeper: A Novel

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