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Book Title: An American Romance|
Date of issue: October 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780380712403
The author of the book: John Casey
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 746 KB
Edition: Avon Books
Read full description of the books An American Romance:This novel written & set in the 1970s has much of the feel of that era. The last half of the book is set in a rural area near West Liberty with several scenes in Iowa City (including perceptive commentary on the town & the university). In fact, Iowa is an important actor in the story. There are perceptive descriptions of the rural landscape, but John "Ryan," a Des Moines trucking firm owner (Ruan?), is a minor but significant character, & not all of the images & characters fit the bucolic, pastoral stereotypes of Iowa. It's in some ways a writer's book; the characters are too self-conscious intellectually & emotionally & analyze their relationships in too much depth to be believable. But once I suspended disbelief (as one has to in some ways in almost all fiction), it became a very penetrating book. It's one I have to get for Jessica: an actress/director/filmmaker comes to Iowa to join a sort of hippie semi-communal theater company in rural Iowa (Old Creamery in its early days?). Her boyfriend, a former hockey player & all-round well-grounded handyman & cook, comes along & falls in love with Iowa & its people. Their styles clash with & complement each other in a very complicated relationship, but one that includes sex in almost all of the book's 20 chapters.
Read information about the authorJohn Casey is the author of six works of fiction, including Spartina, winner of the National Book Award, and, most recently, Compass Rose, as well as nonfiction and translations. Educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English at the University of Virginia.
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