Young-Stone, on how Emma joined her household:
My husband and I found her in the streets. She was about to get hit by a car and ran over to us. At the time, we were unmarried, but after adopting Emma, who’d been abused—poor thing—we bought a house (so Emma could have a yard) and got married so no one would call her a “bastard.” She’s already got “bitch” to...[read on]Among the early praise for The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors:
"Each character in this startlingly mature debut novel, from Becca’s self-absorbed father and self-destructive mother to Buckley’s evangelical stepdad, is complicated, nuanced, and sympathetic. Young-Stone’s writing style is crystal clear and shot through with lightning-like flashes of description so vivid that readers might think that they are watching a movie. VERDICT: It’s not often that this reviewer regrets a book ending, but that’s what happened here. The sense of melancholy, tempered by the resilience and heart of the characters, makes this ripe for Oprah or fans of Elizabeth Berg or Anne Tyler."Read an excerpt from The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, and learn more about the book and author at Michele Young-Stone's website and blog.
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Luminescent ... Becca and Buckley’s parallel stories, as well as curiosity about how their paths finally converge, will keep the pages turning, while the complex, colorful characters, and the deep bonds that form between them in spite of and even because of the tragedies they survive, will live on in readers’ minds long after they reach the end of this powerful, beautiful novel."
—Booklist (starred review)
The Page 69 Test: The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors.
Read--Coffee with a Canine: Michele Young-Stone & Emma.