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Publisher: Brook St Pr (2004-03-01)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0972429530 / 9780972429535
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2555738
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“A darkly genial novella, discovered among McMahon's papers a year or so after his death in 1999; set around an amateur inventor whose projects include a device to assist a failing heart—and who happens to suffer from a bum ticker himself—this work, early as it may be, has the same loopy charm as McMahon's other published fiction.”
A posthumous novel by a writer who has been compared to Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Kurt Vonnegut, IRA FOXGLOVE is a tale of the heart – both real and imagined – that revolves around a talented scientist whose own heart has been broken physically and spiritually. In an odyssey to repair both Ira ventures on a fantastical journey by blimp to try and recover his fractured family.
Along the way we are introduced to a world of unique characters: Ira, who is refining his latest invention, a prosthetic heart; his friend Neptune, a blimp pilot who likes to use his airship for Icelandic fishing trips; Portia, his aquatically-obsessed estranged wife; and Peaches, the hot tomato who helps Ira realize what he really wants and how to get it.
In his unique combination of science, fantasy, humor, and a deep understanding of our constant search for love, McMahon weaves a story that deepens with each reading.
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