Muslim Student Meets Small-Town America in New Novel I Am Lemonade Lucy! from Kenneth Womack
I Am Lemonade Lucy! follows Azza, a headstrong, hijab-wearing international student who flees her dangerous life in Paris to enroll at Northwestern Ohio State College.
New York, NY (PRUnderground) May 9th, 2019
In his latest novel, author Kenneth Womack tells a story for our times in I Am Lemonade Lucy!, tracing the tale of twentysomething refugee Azza Amari as she navigates her way among the college students in the working-class environs of tiny Fremont, Ohio.
In the book, Azza comes into the orbit of 17-year-old Kip Beckelhymer, a precocious, history-obsessed senior trying to win back the love of Birdie Hudgins, his mercurial high-school sweetheart. Together, Kip and Azza discover an extraordinary kinship as he teaches the Muslim woman how to drive. All the while, the conservative hamlet—and especially Birdie—struggles to come to grips with what seems like the whole of the Islamic world having intruded into their workaday lives.
Things come to a head when Kip and Azza find themselves on an unusual treasure hunt for a missing plaster of Paris pear figurine. Their whimsical search takes on deadly serious overtones as the strange duo inadvertently finds themselves peeling back the corrosive layers of cowardice and hate that linger just below the surface of their society in the Heartland.
I Am Lemonade Lucy! is not only about the people who populate our worlds, but about the choices that they make and that ultimately define them. This moving study of life in contemporary America is about the way we live now.
Kenneth Womack is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including the award-winning novels John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), and Playing the Angel (2013). His latest non-fiction work, a multivolume study devoted to the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin, was lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “an authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it.” Dr. Womack serves as Dean and Professor of English at Monmouth University, and delivers some 50 invited talks a year to audiences around the world while sharing his insights with media of all stripes.
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