Geoff Rodkey, Lights Out in Lincolnwood

A mordantly funny, all-too-real novel about a suburban American family who has to figure out how to

survive themselves and their neighbors in the wake of a global calamity

It’s Tuesday morning in Lincolnwood, New Jersey, and all four members of the Altman family are busy ignoring each other en route to work and school. Dan, a lawyer turned screenwriter, is preoccupied with satisfying his imperious TV producer boss’s creative demands. Seventeen-year-old daughter Chloe obsesses over her college application essay and the state tennis semifinals. Her vape-addicted little brother, Max, silently plots revenge against a thuggish freshman classmate. And their MBA-educated mom Jen, who gave up a successful business career to raise the kids, is counting the minutes until the others vacate the kitchen and she can pour her first vodka of the day. 

Then, as the kids begin their school day and Dan rides a commuter train into Manhattan, the world comes to a sudden, inexplicable stop. Lights, phones, laptops, cars, trains…the entire technological infrastructure of 21st-century society quits working. Normal life, as the Altmans and everyone else knew it, is over.

Over four transformative, chaotic days, this privileged but clueless American family will struggle to hold it together in the face of water shortages, paramilitary neighbors, and the well-mannered looting of the local Whole Foods as they try to figure out just what the hell is going on.


Geoff Rodkey is the New York Times best-selling author of ten children’s books, including the Tapper Twins and Chronicles of Egg series; We’re Not From Here; and Marcus Makes a Movie, a collaboration with actor Kevin Hart. He’s also the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of Daddy Day Care and RV, among other films. Geoff lives in New York City with his family.

Nancy Star is the author of six novels including the bestselling Sisters One, Two, Three. Her latest novel, Rules For Moving, was published last year by Lake Union.  In addition to her novels, Nancy’s essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Forward, The New York Times, and Family Circle, among other places. Before turning to writing fiction full time, Nancy worked for over a decade as a movie executive at the Samuel Goldwyn Company and The Ladd Company, dividing her time between New York and London. She now lives in New Jersey and Martha’s Vineyard with her husband.


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ISBN: 9780063065925
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 6th, 2021

Rules for Moving By Nancy Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542006378
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 19th, 2020