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By setting his novel in 1969, Hedges is able to draw on the considerable turmoil of the times as the Vietnam war, the women's movement, and fundamental changes in the family changed the fabric of American life--even in the Midwest. Peter Hedges has undertaken a real challenge in writing a convincing and interesting story about a year in the life of a young child; with An Ocean in Iowa he has largely succeeded.
This book was very endearing. It was a nice easy read and the only reason I did not give it five stars is the ending was much too abrupt and completely anticlimactic!Published 4 months ago by Melanie H.
What a wonderfully surprising book!! Just GREAT!!! Plot & characters were GREAT!! I'm a born & raised Iowan for over 40 years. (Sadly, we moved to Illinois!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Bumsted
I loved the book - until the abrupt ending. He didn't need to tie everything up neatly, but this seemed like there must have been a few chapters missing!Published 6 months ago by Kathleen H
Kasey in the review "Where's the plot?" said it exactly. Read that review. twenty words needed here to fill in the space when thirteen words were sufficient.Published 6 months ago by Melynn
It was a good little book. Cute, and interesting to see a story told from the point of view of a 6 year old. It didn't move me though. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nik E.
I was thoroughly disappointed by this novel.
I really liked the characters that Peter Hedges created and he touches on some serious issues; alcoholism, divorce, sexual... Read more
Peter Hedges shows off many exciting and fine writing styles in the book An Ocean in Iowa. His detailed oriented writing style makes it a great read for all contemporary literature... Read morePublished on May 19, 2006 by Tom Caldwell