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Not Me Paperback – 3 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE GROUP; 1 edition (3 September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812973321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812973327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
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Advance praise for Not Me"What a daring, even dangerous, act of the imagination this novel is! Not Me challenges one emotionally and intellectually. It's that rare phenomenon: a philosophical thriller that will draw you in and leave you arguing furiously with yourself after you're done."-Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler "A novel with a powerfully unsettling moral conundrum at its heart: Is radical evil indelible; can anything undo it? But what philosophy cannot resolve, storytelling triumphantly can. Lavigne's radiantly imagined portrait of human possibility never obscures the blackest abyss of real history, and his Heshel Rosenheim emerges with all the complexity of a modern Raskolnikov."-Cynthia Ozick, author of Heir to the Glimmering World"Michael Lavigne has an immensely powerful story to tell of guilt and redemption. Beyond its riveting plot, Not Me is a novel about the loss and recovery of love. In this sense it reminded me of Dickens's Great Expectations: Heshel Rosenheim is as mysterious and haunting as Magwitch, and the lesson that his uncanny life imparts to his son, and to Lavigne's readers, is on a grand human scale, and unforgettable."-Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair "Family secrets, awful historical truths, the nature of good and evil, and the bond between a son and his father are woven seamlessly into a page-turning plot. Michael Lavigne writes with generosity of heart and he leaves the reader with an abundance of hope. Not Me is a powerful debut novel."-Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment "A disturbing yet surprisingly tender read that grips the reader from page 1 and never lets go. Michael Lavigne tells his intriguing story with intelligence, sensitivity, and flashes of scintillating wit. What more could you ask from a novel?"-Aaron Hamburger, author of Faith for Beginners

About the Author

Michael Lavigne was born in Newark, New Jersey. He began seriously writing fiction only at midlife and was a participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Not Me is his first novel, and he is currently working on his second, set in Moscow, where he once lived. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Gayle.

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