“Written with poignant humor, this story about growing up and self-discovery gives us a cast of crazy and endearing characters. This book is not to be missed!”
— Jan Healy, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
The tenth anniversary edition of a book that is "still as audaciously brilliant as it was on first read, plumbing the depths of the cruel rhapsody of obsessive love, the pain of feeling different, and the deep pleasure of finally figuring out who you really are, and who you want to be (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World)
Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself--discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he’d long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from--and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
Now with an author's introduction and a foreword by J. Ryan Stadal.
About the Author
Jonathan Evison is the author All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This Is Your Life Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy. He's written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Salon. He lives in Seattle with his family.
"I first read All About Lulu almost a decade ago, and you know what? It's still as audaciously brilliant as it was on first read, plumbing the depths of the cruel rhapsody of obsessive love, the pain of feeling different, and the deep pleasure of finally figuring out who you really are, and who you want to be. Devastatingly assured, wickedly funny, and sublimely moving, All About Lulu proves that Evison, so rightfully acclaimed, had that spark of genius right from the start." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World
"Evison's debut novel of love and loss, growing up, throwing up and moving on is a stunner . . . Evison provides readers a viciously funny and deeply felt portrayal of a blended family and one man's thwarted longing." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Most novels in which a boy must oil up his bodybuilder father for competition would merit our attention, but that detail is just one of many amazements on offer in All About Lulu. Will the Thrill is a great literary charmer, and through his rich voice Jonathan Evison has concocted a funny and painfully honest piece of fiction." --Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask: A Novel, The Fun Parts: Stories
"Jonathan Evison is a killer talent, and All About Lulu is the kind of novel readers have been hungry for: Funny, smart, entertaining--an all around delight. Literary fiction needs more books like this; maybe then people would stop talking about the Death of the Novel and just read and enjoy themselves" ―Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng