This is a novel of not giving up and not giving in. It's a story about punching the world back in the arm. Shirley's a grandmother who dreams of building the world's most powerful pumpkin-launching cannon. At her side is Rachel, her bright and quiet granddaughter, a budding geneticist electrified by punk rock. Shirley's interest in physics is re-ignited one day in a supermarket parking lot.
Through the elating dance of discovery, the painful crunch of broken bones, and the shame of failed experiments, she vaults her head down the loaded barrel of life's biggest consequences while carefully calculating a brand new trajectory for herself. Forthright and soul-baring... it's an insatiable quest to make sense of things and carve out one's own path in this crazy world. -- Al Quint, Suburban Voice The writing pops and sizzles off the page. -- Rockpile Magazine Taylor truly knows his stuff. This book is amazing. -- New Pages