Manmade Constellations

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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 02 Nov 2022

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A modern-day love story that explores childhood trauma, the boundaries between idealism and self-righteousness, and the heartaches we must confront in order to chart our courses forward.

Lo Gunderson feels trapped in her small midwestern hometown until she sees an ad for a free car in the local paper. To maintain her staunch anticapitalist values, she refuses to spend money on what she can find for free, so this car is the perfect ticket out of the town. Though it doesn’t cost any money, it still comes with a price. Blanche Peterson is dying and asks for a single favor—that Lo track down her estranged son, whom Blanche hasn’t seen in over a decade.

Before she can decide whether to fulfill Blanche’s dying wish, she needs to get the car started. She’s helped by John Blank, a Southern auto mechanic who moved up north for a fresh start. Despite vastly different backgrounds, they share an electrifying mutual attraction that threatens to upend Lo’s carefully constructed worldview.

Meanwhile, Blanche’s son, Jason, finds himself adrift after an argument with his girlfriend. Memories of his negligent mother and the death of his father resurface for the first time in years as he travels across the country searching for what comes next.

Manmade Constellations is a smart, magnetic, and emotional novel dedicated to the American landscape, exploring how taking to the open road teaches lessons that can’t be learned at home.

A modern-day love story that explores childhood trauma, the boundaries between idealism and self-righteousness, and the heartaches we must confront in order to chart our courses forward.

Lo Gunderson...


Advance Praise

“Misha Lazzara is an extremely talented writer with a compelling story to tell. Her dialogue is pitch-perfect and her setting so vivid, you feel you are there.”

-Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author

"With this dazzling debut novel, Misha Lazzara takes her place among the most important young fiction writers in America. Hers is a talent to watch, applaud, and—quite frankly—envy.”

-Aaron Gwyn, author of Wynne’s War

“Part love story, part mystery, Manmade Constellations explores the search for home on an imperfect planet. Misha Lazzara writes with empathy, grace, and a poet’s eye for detail, and her characters will live in your mind long after you’ve finished this page-turning novel.”

-Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf

“These indelible characters, with their quirks and flaws and grit, make us root for them on their journeys, reminding us that sometimes you have leave to find home again. Structurally inventive and deeply immersive, Manmade Constellations is a marvel.”

-Bryn Chancellor, author of Sycamore

"Recharges the American road trip novel with a lyric touch…Lazzara’s deftly drawn characters, their impulsive decisions, rendered in a narrative as page-turning as it is poetic, transports the reader to the greatest scenery of all: the landscape of the heart.”

-Wilton Barnhardt, bestselling author of Lookaway, Lookaway

“Misha Lazzara is an extremely talented writer with a compelling story to tell. Her dialogue is pitch-perfect and her setting so vivid, you feel you are there.”

-Jill McCorkle, New York Times...


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Women’s-fiction media buzz mailing

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Title showcase at library...


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ISBN 9798200696758
PRICE $26.99 (USD)

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