American Rust

by Philipp Meyer | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1847394124 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jeniwren of Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on 6/14/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by jeniwren from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 14, 2015
Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation--as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love--that arises from its loss. From local bars to train yards to prison, it's the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.

Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. When he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.

Evoking John Steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust delves into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future. It's a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.

Journal Entry 2 by jeniwren at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Friday, September 11, 2015
Great book with characters that consumed my thoughts during the time I spent within these pages. A fine first novel and an author I will be following.

This is a wishlist requested novel and on the way to Western Australia this morning via post.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, September 21, 2015
Arrived safely today in the west as a wishlist tag. Thanks very much, jeniwren.

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