"Now Is the Hour" is the first major novel by Tom Spanbauer since "The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon" in 1991. That novel became a cult classic; this one is destined to do the same.The year is 1967 and Rigby John Klusener, seventeen years old and finally leaving his home and family in Pocatello, Idaho, is on the highway with his thumb out and a flower behind his ear, headed for San Francisco. "Now Is the Hour" is the story of how Rigby John got to this point. It traces his gradual emancipation from the repressions of a strictly religious farming family and from the small-minded, bigoted community in which he has grown up in a time of explosive cultural change. Transforming this familiar journey from American Graffiti to On the Road into something rich and strange and hilarious is the persona of Rigby John himself. Intimately in touch with his fears, hesitantly awaking to his own sexuality, and palpably open to life's mysteries, Rigby John is utterly real and totally unforgettable. "Now Is the Hour" is a triumphant return by one of America's finest novelists.
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1967. Rigby John Kluesener stands in the moonlight, a flower in his hair, his thumb out trying to hitch a ride on the road to San Francisco. The story of how he came to be there - of an adolescence spent on his parents' farm in Nowheresville, Idaho, of his father's misanthropy, his mother's strict Catholicism - is utterly real and totally unforgettable.Review:
"Rich with knowing... deft, funny, heartbreaking... I LOVE THIS BOOK" (A.M. Homes)
"Powerful... a funny, sensitive picture of a young man whose plight will resonate with your inner idealist" ( Dazed & Confused)
"A quintessential American tale of emancipation... Spanbauer both ironises and embraces the classic American tropes his story draws on - Rigby John is a self-aware, self-deprecating, extremely witty narrator" ( Metro)
"Sophisticated, funny, poignant, sexy... Rigby's storytelling voice is natural, warm and positively addictive. The many pages of this breathtaking, romantic and unpredictable novel fly past. Rarely does such a gripping story match with such a loveable character. Sit back and enjoy the lovely partnership" ( Booklist)
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Book Description Vintage, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000216441
Book Description Vintage, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 480 pages. 7.76x5.08x1.18 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099506955