By Lily Meyer

Lily Meyer is a MA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She grew up in Washington, DC.

  1. When I spoke with Mary Kay Zuravleff a few weeks ago about her new novel, Man Alive!, I began by asking how she decided to open her book with its main character, Owen Lerner, getting struck by lightning. Zuravleff looked almost embarrassed. “The idea came from Oliver Sacks,” she admitted. “He wrote a piece in The New Yorker about a surgeon recovering from a lightning strike. But that’s rare for me. I usually just…

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