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Waiting for Rescue

A Novel

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August 18, 2009 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.2, 240 Pages | ISBN 9781582435275
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"In prose alternately lyrical and pragmatic, Lucy Honig evokes above all the chaotic sense of vertigo that comes from suddenly feeling a shrinking Earth spin uncontrollably under our feet." —The Boston Globe

Jarring yet slyly comic, Waiting for Rescue evokes a world turned upside down after the events of 9/11 as seen through the eyes of a wry and observant American woman who, though far from the path of the hijacked planes, is thrown into turmoil nevertheless. As a teacher in Boston working with health professionals from around the world, her sudden grief and sense of impending violence gradually pervade every facet of her life and change forever her understanding of the “good works” her colleagues and her students believe they do.

In Honig’s global landscape, the paths of vastly different people crisscross with the narrator’s: a Muslim family in America dealing with cancer, then ethnic profiling; an aging researcher hoping to make his mark in bioterror’s next big thing; a feisty girl in Kenya whose parents have AIDS; a nerdy high school teacher who commits a terrible crime that returns to haunt, decades later; men who agree to use condoms and men who don’t.

Everywhere the author takes us—the classroom and the bedroom, in hallways of hospitals and the offices of ambitious researchers, in the slums of Nairobi and the streets of Boston, at office parties and bedside vigils—events intersect in a unique commentary on the imbalances of our times.

LUCY HONIG is the author of the novel Picking Up and the story collections Open Season and The Truly Needy and Other Stories. Her work has been published widely, featured in two O. Henry Prize collections and in The Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of the 1999 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and lives in Massachusetts.

Praise

“In prose alternately lyrical and pragmatic, Lucy Honig evokes above all the chaotic sense of vertigo that comes from suddenly feeling a shrinking Earth spin uncontrollably under our feet.” —The Boston Globe

“Honig’s prose smolders, curls like smoke off of the page. It’s just one of those slow-burn books you can’t get off of. So adjust your feelers accordingly, and, for godsakes, mind the gap.” —Weekly Dig

“The events of 9/11 provide a somber backdrop for the complex yet realistic interactions dramatized in this concise, densely packed novel… the writing is so clear and expressive that the disparate story lines somehow come together to form a whole… There are no solutions here, just strong and genuine feelings.” —Booklist

“Honig constructs a world of goodness circumscribed by evil, of good deeds done in the context of overwhelming misery.
Though occasionally preachy, the novel is both heartfelt and moving.” —Kirkus

 

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