American Boy

American Boy

eBook - 2011
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We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always what was intended.

So begins Matthew Garth's story of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events in small-town Willow Falls, Minnesota. Matthew first sees Louisa Lindahl in Dr. Dunbar's home office, and at the time her bullet wound makes nearly as strong an impression as her unclothed body. Fueled over the following weeks by his feverish desire for this mysterious woman and a deep longing for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars, Matthew finds himself drawn into a vortex of greed, manipulation, and ultimately betrayal.

Immersive, heart-breaking, and richly evocative of a time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571318466
1571318461
Characteristics: 1 online resource (251 p.)

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EmilyEm
Oct 24, 2011

We spend a few months in a fictitious southwest Minnesota town, Willow Falls, and watch two friends in their senior year of high school. Watson has written a coming-of-age story that looks at adolescent boys' struggles for love and meaning in a small town at the beginning of the 1960s.

It should have hit home for me as my high school graduation was nearly the same year as theirs. But, I'm female; Matt and Johnny are male. It made all the difference. I just couldn't see what attracted their lust for Louisa Lindahl. But, my husband got it right away! So, read it for all that's wonderful about a Larry Watson book, but if this is the first you pick up I suggest starting with 'Montana 1948.' Then, you'll read every Larry Watson novel you can find.

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