An ocean in Iowa

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A completely original first novel ... reads like a collaboration between Nathanael West and Garrison Keillor, or David Lynch and Grandma Moses. (Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times on What's Eating Gilbert Grape)Peter Hedges' debut novel and his screenplay for the subsequent film established him as a preeminent young American writer. Critics praised his quirky yet unmistakably real characters, his spare, radiant prose, and his ability to illuminate the unexpected within the ordinary.In his second novel, Hedges again turns to the heartland for his setting -- this time suburban Iowa, 1969. Scotty Ocean is turning seven years old, and he has announced that seven is going to be his year. It does turn out to be his year -- but not the year he imagined. His mother abandons the family, and at first Scotty does astonishing things to get her to return. When he realizes she won't be coming back, he decides he must replace her. And when that proves impossible, he takes dramatic action to try to remain forever seven.Hilariously funny and profoundly moving, An Ocean In Iowa is a timeless book about universal themes: the fragile contracts between parents and children, and what it really means to grow up.
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Grouping Title ocean in iowa
Grouping Author hedges peter
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display_description A funny, bittersweet exploration of how a child can change in one short year of love, loss, and growing up Seven-year-old Scotty Ocean decides that seven is going to be "his year." But soon after his birthday, his artist-turned-alcoholic mother abandons the family-leaving Scotty and his two older sisters alone with their father. As his perfect year is torn apart (falls apart?), Scotty begins to act out during school and takes a series of increasingly wild actions to try to win his mother back-and, when that doesn't work, to replace her.Funny and deeply affecting, An Ocean in Iowa traces Scotty's desperate attempt to hold on to his childhood while the foundation of his family disintegrates. As Scotty's year as a seven-year-old flies by-and the dreaded eight approaches-Hedges explores how Scotty sheds his childhood in a one-eighty of the year he hoped would be so perfect. Beautifully written, and with Hedges's careful attention to period detail, this compelling coming-of-age novel sets the private turmoil of a disintegrating family against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the turbulent 1960s.
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subject_facet Bildungsromans, Boys -- Fiction, Boys -- Iowa -- Fiction, Electronic books, Families -- Iowa -- Fiction, Fathers and sons -- Fiction, Fathers and sons -- Iowa -- Fiction, Iowa -- Fiction
title_display An ocean in Iowa
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title_short An ocean in Iowa
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