As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.
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“Insidiously, compulsively readable.” — MSNBC
At the thirtieth reunion of the Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends join their classmates for a summer weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regret. The three decades since graduation have brought marriage and divorce, children and careers, hopes deferred and replaced. July, July tells the heart-rending and often hilarious story of men and women who came into adulthood at a moment when American ideals and innocence began to fade. These lives will ring familiar to anyone who has dreamed, worked, and struggled to keep course toward a happy ending.
With humor and a sense of wistful hope, July, July speaks directly to the American character and its resilience, striking deep at the emotional center of our lives.
"A symphony of American life.” — All Things Considered, NPR
“A small-scale tour de force by an American original . . . O’Brien is one of the most accomplished members of a generation of writers that includes Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Astonishing for [its] clarity of character, for [its] narrative thrills and surprises, for [its] humor and hard-won wisdom . . . July, July gives readers plenty of reasons to celebrate." — Chicago Sun-Times
"Perceptive, affectionate and often very funny." — Boston Herald
"A deeply satisfying story . . . O’Brien is intelligent and daring, but he is also eminently accessible.” — O, the Oprah Magazine
"Taut and compelling." — Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Beautifully realized, heartbreakingly honest." — Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Almost impossible to put down.” — Austin American-Statesman
TIM O’BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He is a recipient of the Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation.
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Book Description Flamingo/Harper Collins, London, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Reprint. 339 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. July 1969. There Was A Man On The Moon And Students Marching On The Streets. Thirty Years Later The World Is A Very Different Place. At A Dance In Their Old College Gymnasium, The Class Of 69 Have Been Reunited. As Part Of The Golden Generation, They Had Graduated In Those Anything's -possible Days, Still Believing In Good And Evil, Ideals And Hope. Bookseller Inventory # 127818
Book Description Flamingo, London, 2002. Trade Paperback. Octavo Size. VERY GOOD condition. No dustjacket. Remainder mark to bottom-edge. 339 pages "The Big Chill" with out the soundtrack!. Bookseller Inventory # 247885