In the time it takes for a bullet to travel through her left ear and into the wall of the Ellis Street donut store, Lena – a successful stand-up comedian – has a revelation. That she has never found comedy particularly funny.
Meet Lena Domanski: daughter of Polish immigrants, professional funny woman.
Her reclusive brother spends his days building satellites out of scrap metal. Her sister, a startling six-foot beauty, stuffs dead animals for a living. Her father has founded a Californian restaurant chain, serving Polish cuisine. Her mother is making a small fortune out of peddling false eyelashes. But what about Lena?
Lena Domanski is leaving it all behind. Trading punchlines for snapshots, she heads for Alaska – where she meets a mysterious tracker, and discovers that loss can sometimes be gain.
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