Available Now: The Norma Gene



The Norma Gene was released August 3, 2015!

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Abe Finkelstein is an illegal clone of Abraham Lincoln – not an easy thing to keep
secret when your face is on money. Norma Greenberg, one of the world’s many
Marilyn Monroe clones, is wrestling with identity issues of a different sort. It’s not
easy living as a perfect copy of the beautiful Norma Jean Baker! When Abe is
kidnapped by government agents eager to discover the secrets of his illustrious
ancestor, Norma could be Abe’s last hope of escape – or thanks to her barely
suppressed kleptomania, his worst chance of recapture. With only their wits, a
cigarette lighter, a bottle of perfume, and the disembodied arm of Richard
Millhouse Nixon (don’t ask), can Abe and Norma make it back to safety and
anonymity? Set in Orlando, Florida, where artifice beats authenticity with one
animatronic hand tied behind its back, THE NORMA GENE features a host of Abe Lincolns, a gaggle of Marilyns, a segway chase
through the secret underground tunnels of the Magic Kingdom, and the answer to
the age-old mystery about the dodo bird: what flavor was it?

Advance Praise:
“A gorgeous, funny romp along the seam between reality and artifice, fame and obscurity, history and Disney, Roufa has a deft, hilarious touch. This is a wry, gleeful take on the choice between destiny, authenticity, love, and the eternal call of the stovepipe hat.” – Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate

“A perfect gem with terrifically simple and funny twists.” – Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days and The Bucolic Plague





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