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Meteors in August

Thon, Melanie Rae

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ISBN 10: 0394576640 / ISBN 13: 9780394576640
Published by Random House, New York, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Meteors in August

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author on Title Page

Edition: First Edition.

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This novel is set during the summer that a boy flew his plane into moon lake. During that one summer in Willis, a man had set fire to his own business and another had hanged himself in the city jail. It seemed that the devil had descended on Willis that summer.

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Bullied wives, maimed men, haters of Indians, exhibitionists, petty preachers and rebel congregations are among the northern Montana townspeople who grope for individual deliverance in the background of this exceptionally promising debut novel. Misfit Lizzie, its adolescent narrator, escapes her older sister's predicament--a teenage pregnancy that caused her to run away when Lizzie was still a child--and concludes: "I figured a girl wasn't going to get too many breaks in her life and that I'd better find a way to show God I was grateful." She is guided by the local Holy Roller ("Jesus might be kind, but God and Mrs. Graves were only merciful"), but observes that fire-and-brimstone goodness does not stave off catastrophe. Rather, she learns not to reject sin but to forgive it. These themes might seem syrupy in less able hands, but Thon's steely-eyed, sharpshooting prose brings both urgency and spontaneity to her characters and their conflicts. Lizzie's feelings of rejection, her determination and her perceptions of the stultifying rural squalor are wrenchingly palpable, and Thon is clearly a writer to watch.
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