Hoffman introduces readers to a small-town librarian whose life is altered when she is struck by lightning. After this near-death experience, she searches for Lazarus Jones, another victim of a lightning strike, who was declared clinically dead for 40 minutes.

Lazarus and the librarian embark on a passionate affair in which his ability to generate heat contrasts with her emotional and physical coldness. It also helps her uncover a part of her soul that has been missing since the death of her mother when she was a child.

With magic and emotional depth, Hoffman explores the devastating loneliness of the physically scarred. Through the surreal and erotic passion of the librarian and Lazarus, she uncovers the elusive meaning of real love. Readers will be drawn to Hoffman's lyrical writing style and become totally immersed in her tale of the reawakening of one woman's frozen heart. (Apr., 240 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick