“The art of family life is not to take it personally.”

Author Mary Kay Zuravleff spent a lot of time thinking about British psychotherapist Adam Phillips’ statement that, “The art of family life is not to take it personally.” This seemed like a great idea, she thought, but how do you actually follow through? She also spent a lot of time thinking about the mathematical theorem of existence and uniqueness (apparently, for us non-mathematical types out here, this is basically the idea that, given certain conditions, there is one and only one solution to certain types of equations…did I get that about right?). When Zuravleff read a story in the New Yorker about a surgeon who was struck by lightning and became obsessed with piano music, the three ideas formed into her third novel, Man Alive! a book about a pediatric psychiatrist struck by lightning while on a family vacation.

We’ll be discussing Man Alive! at the fourth Unwin(e)d meeting on Thursday, March 13 at 5:30. This book covers everything from beach vacations to changing dynamics in a marriage when one partner suddenly and drastically changes, from the way children find their own paths as they grow up to the relatives merits of beef vs. pork barbeque. Zuravleff narrates from the points of view of each of the family members to understand how Owen’s recovery affects everyone in the family. We should have plenty to talk about.

Join us at Unwin(e)d March 13 at 5:30.  We’ll be meeting at Winan’s in Beavercreek. This is the last Unwin(e)d of the 2013-2014 academic year, so don’t miss it. We’ll also be taking book suggestions for future Unwin(e)d meetings, so if there’s a recent piece of literary fiction you’ve been wanting to discuss, bring the title so it’ll be considered for the future.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at mandy.shannon@wright.edu or at 775.3149. I hope to see you there on March 13th at 5:30!

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