That Crazy Perfect Someday

Michael Mazza

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, a gutsy female surf pro, pushes against wild odds for what she wants, with deep surprises about who she is.. 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.

  • "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)

  • "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

  • "[This] debut novel rips through the near future…powered by the megawatt voice of Mafuri Long, a spritely surfer babe from Generation Z whose epic wave crests through this tale." —Kirkus Reviews

  • "That Crazy Perfect Someday is 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.