Michael Mazza discusses his new novel, That Crazy Perfect Someday.
Praise for That Crazy Perfect Someday
"That Crazy Perfect Somedayis a stunningly confident debut novel, as agile, quick, and sure-footed as its protagonist. Its narrative surprises hit like rogue waves but feel inevitable in retrospect, expressions of this book's unique physics. The surfing scenes are among the best I've ever read, and the vivid and richly imagined detail calls to mind the work of Adam Johnson and T.C. Boyle. Mafuri is one of those rare characters to whom you'll have trouble saying goodbye when the pages run out."--Doug Dorst, New York Times bestselling coauthor of S.
"Michael Mazza has written an unforgettable tale about a young woman surfer. Whatever her complicated life throws at her--sharks, envious competitors, near death experiences--she dives into headfirst. She is fierce, independent, a wiseass, and still searching for where she belongs. I don't surf, I don't even know how to swim, but I would follow this young woman anywhere." -- Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
"Feisty hero Mafuri's first-person narration gives voice to the rarely glamorous and often infuriating world of being a female athlete. This is a beach-bag must-have." -- Booklist (starred review)
About That Crazy Perfect Someday
The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world's wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she's intent on winning Olympic gold. But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri's personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf cliché to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.