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An Ocean in Iowa By Peter Hedges

An Ocean in Iowa
by Peter Hedges

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Fresh and funny second novel from the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

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An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges

Fresh and funny second novel from the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

`Seven,' says Scotty Ocean early in this novel, `is going to be my year.' But it is a traumatic one. His mother, Joan Ocean, struggling to conform to the stereotype of the 1960s middle-American happy housewife, turns instead to painting nude self-portraits and drinking beer. Eventually she walks out on the family and ends up hospitalized; when she emerges it is not to go back to adoring and puzzled Scotty in Des Moines but to start a new life on her own. Scotty is the only boy in his class who doesn't have a mother, while his father, the Judge, tries, with only mixed success, to recreate a `normal' family life for his son and teenage daughters.

Hedges paints an entirely convincing, fresh, painful and often hilariously funny picture of family life, its pressures and absurdities, through the eyes of Scotty Ocean. This is a gentle novel of remarkable power and resonance. Beautifully crafted and constantly surprising, it explores the fragile contracts between parents and children, and what it really means to grow up.

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An Ocean in Iowa Reviews


`An accomplished follow-up to the much praised What's Eating Gilbert Grape... The dialogue is fresh and natural, the comedy perfectly pitched: a beautiful book'
Judy Cooke, Independent

`A heart-rending but beautifully economical child's-eye view of break-up in an early Sixties family... An elegantly vivid masterpiece: unpretentious, unsentimental, unforgettable.'
Sophie Hunter, Mail on Sunday

About Peter Hedges


Peter Hedges is a writer of films, novels and television dramas. This is his second novel.

Additional information

GOR002813014
An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges
Peter Hedges
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
1999-07-05
256
0006551076
9780006551072
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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