Goodnight, Nebraska

Author: Tom McNeal

Publisher: Vintage


Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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At the age of 17, Randall Hunsacker shoots his mother's boyfriend, steals a car and comes close to killing himself. His second chance lies in a small Nebraska farm town, where the landmarks include McKibben's Mobil Station, Frmka's Superette, and a sign that says The Wages of Sin is Hell. This is Goodnight, a place so ingrown and provincial that Randall calls it "Sludgeville"-until he starts thinking of it as home. In this pitch-perfect novel, Tom McNeal explores the currents of hope, passion, and cruelty beneath the surface of the American heartland. In Randall, McNeal creates an outcast whose redemption lies in Goodnight, a strange, small, but ultimately embracing community where Randall will inspire fear and adulation, win the love of a beautiful girl and nearly throw it all away.

Good Night Nebraska

Author: Adam Gamble

Publisher: Good Night Books


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 20

View: 959

Many of North America's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. From the University of Nebraska to the Capitol Building, this children's book captures all there is in Nebraska. Kids can visit the Nebraska State Fair, the Omaha Children's Museum, the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, and the Henry Doorly Zoo, then say goodnight to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Chimney Rock National Park, and Lake McConaughy as they drift off to sleep.

Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2

Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination

Author: Philip A. Greasley

Publisher: Indiana University Press


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1080

View: 955

The Midwest has produced a robust literary heritage. Its authors have won half of the nation’s Nobel Prizes for Literature plus a significant number of Pulitzer Prizes. This volume explores the rich racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the region. It also contains entries on 35 pivotal Midwestern literary works, literary genres, literary, cultural, historical, and social movements, state and city literatures, literary journals and magazines, as well as entries on science fiction, film, comic strips,graphic novels, and environmental writing. Prepared by a team of scholars, this second volume of the Dictionary of Midwestern Literature is a comprehensive resource that demonstrates the Midwest’s continuing cultural vitality and the stature and distinctiveness of its literature.

A Different Plain

Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers

Author: Ladette Randolph

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 398

View: 409

In this collection of contemporary short stories, Nebraska writers explore the Midwest, covering topics such as small towns, desolate western lives, and comic families in tales by Richard Dooling, Kent Haruf, Ron Hansen, Jonis Agee, Dan Chaon, Marly Swick, Lisa Sandlin, Paul Eggers, and others. Simultaneous.

The Novel Cure

Author: Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 488

View: 931

Whether you have a stubbed toe or a stubborn case of the blues, within these pages you’ll find a cure in the form of a novel – or a combination of novels – to help ease your pain. You’ll also find advice on how to tackle common reading ailments – such as what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the number of books in the world, or if you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment in your life, a novel can – quite literally – change it, and The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. Written with authority, passion and wit, here is a fresh approach to finding new books to read, and an enchanting way to revisit the books on your shelves.

To Be Sung Underwater

Author: Tom McNeal

Publisher: Hachette UK


Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 740

For you, I was a chapter-a good chapter maybe, or even your favorite chapter, but, still, just a chapter-and for me, you were the book.' Judith Whitman believes in the sort of love that 'picks you up in Akron, Ohio, and sets you down in Rio de Janeiro'. But she married more pragmatically. Before her marriage to a banker, before her career as a film editor in Los Angeles, Judith was 17 and living in Nebraska, where she met Willy Blunt, a carpenter whose pale blue eyes and easy smile awakened in Judith the reckless girl he alone imagined her to be. Marrying Willy seemed a natural thing to promise. But a violent episode followed by acceptance to a prestigious university carried Judith away. Twenty years later, Judith's sturdy-seeming marriage is suddenly hazy with secrets, and her thoughts drift back to the time when she and Willy had escaped to a small world where sunlight seemed always to fall from a softer angle. What happens now when she holds in her hand the number for the man who believed it, long ago, when she declared her love?

Reading Group Choices 2000

Selections for Lively Book Discussions

Author: Mark Kaufman



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 119

View: 612

Prize Stories 1992

The O. Henry Awards

Author: William Miller Abrahams

Publisher: Anchor Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 396

View: 448

Presents short stories that have won the O. Henry Award for each year.