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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cherokee McGhee (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979969476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979969478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,875,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Torg" to many of his friends and students, William grew up the son of two English teachers in the rural town of Winamac, Indiana where he spent most of his time playing basketball and cruising up and down the Tippecanoe River. In 1989, William began a four year stint sitting on the bench for the basketball team at Olivet Nazarene University, a school which serves as the inspiration for Love on the Big Screen's fictionalized Pison College. Upon his graduation from college, William became the head boys' basketball coach at North Miami High School in Denver, Indiana.

Following eight years of coaching and teaching in Indiana and North Carolina, William began to feel a tug toward the more peaceful and reflective life of reading and writing over the long and stressful hours of coaching. While earning a master's degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Torgerson participated in a National Writing Project Summer Institute, read Stephen King's On Writing and Donald Murray's Write to Learn, and became convinced that he wanted daily writing as a part of his life.

In 2006, William graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, home of the legendary writer Flannery O'Connor, with an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing. William is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John's University in New York. His adaptation of Love on the Screen was awarded the Grand Prize in the Flickers Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. In addition to novels and screenplays, William writes short stories and articles on teaching and writing, and his work has appeared most recently in the University of Maryland's Sakura, Old Dominion University's Barely South Review, and NYU's interdisciplinary journal Anamesa. You can find William on Facebook as "Bill Torgerson" or on his "William Torgerson and Love on the Big Screen" page.

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So, if you love the '80s, read this book.
James L. Peters
There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness.
K. K. Dugan
It will make you laugh out loud and yet get angry at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Dugan on January 24, 2011
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Loved, loved, loved LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN. The story of Zuke, a student at a small Christian college, will make you laugh, think, and reminisce about the 80's and 90's through clever details and pop culture allusions.
There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness. Torgerson's prose is fresh, and the characters he created are true to life and very relatable, while at the same time interesting and often surprising. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is a page turing read that succeeds in creating a perfect balance of humor and thought provoking themes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HL on January 25, 2011
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This book is a must read for everyone who came of age in the 80's! You won't be able to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frequent Amazon Buyer on July 8, 2011
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I was initially drawn to reading this book after meeting the author in a writing workshop. As an alumni from the "real" Pison Nazarene College, I couldn't help but being drawn into the world of Zuke, Abby, and the rest of the characters. If you have never gone to college or stayed in a dorm, this book will make you want to have those experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keegan Laycock on February 7, 2011
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Finding romantic love can be (always is?) a complex struggle marked by chivalry, anticipation, ecstatic peaks, and painful lows. Sometimes, the opportunity for love presents itself without the necessity of invitation or romantic effort. And sometimes it seems to happen instantaneously. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN explores these possibilities through the experiences of Zuke, a small college basketball player, and along the way the reader encounters suprising sequences of action, genuine laugh-out-loud humor, and moments of wrenching anxiety and perplexity.

I am a twenty-six year old guy who spent his college years hopelessly pursuing girls who wouldn't be returning my efforts. Three years ago, though, an acquaintance from those years reappeared to me, and I knew the first time we "re-met" that she was what I had been pursuing. I knew it was love with her, but it had taken all of those wasted years before to come to that point where I could be so immediately confident. I relate to Zuke as he strikes his own path in such a journey. That is NOT to say, however, that LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is the same cheesy romantic story you've read 100 times before or seen countless times in Hugh Grant movies:) As a reader of this novel, you will be guessing until the very final pages how Zuke's story will conclude.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JeffL0814 on February 20, 2011
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This book brought me back to my youth as I could see many of Zuke's scenarios happening in my own life. I spent the better part of the book wondering what happens between himself and Abby and then spent the last several chapters hoping that Torgerson would write a prequel/sequel that would answer some questions that I am struggling with.
I wanted this book to go on forever. I felt like Zuke was a friend of mine and I really enjoyed the way Torgerson alternated between forwarding the action in the story and describing the situation, the clothes, the setting, the atmosphere, the background information. I read the first few chapters having several questions and every one of them was answered throughout the book.
Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down. I cannot wait for the next book from Torgerson, whether it is involving Zuke or on an entirely different style of writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CM89 on February 15, 2011
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For me, there is no better feeling of laying down in my bed with a book that I've just bought and cracking it open to read and break the surface, only with Love on the Big Screen, the breaking of that surface lasted for 140 pages and til roughly 2am. The book simply pulls you in with the story of Zuke and the situations that he deals with throughout his daily life such as friends, his basketball career, and most of all, his love Abby. Torgerson is able to connect the reader with the book because in reality, who hasn't been in a situation like this? The comparison even in today's standards to the university life is quite similar and oh so realistic. Anyone who is seeking to reconnect with their college life or simply just read a book of a guy crazy about a girl pick this book up, trust me, it's completely worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Widup on February 22, 2011
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It's been a long time since I couldn't put a book down but this one did it! It is a poignant yet humorous "coming of age" story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Sometimes I cheered at the characters' actions, sometimes I cringed, sometimes I was sad at how things were going, and honestly, sometimes I found myself sitting all by myself laughing out loud. I found myself really caring about Zuke, the main character and to me, that's the hallmark of a good book. Perfect ending. Like a couple of the other reviewers, I am hoping there is a sequel. Sequel or another story entirely, I am anxiously awaiting this author's next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2011
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Love on the Big Screen by William J. Torgerson is a step back in time... For those of us who have ever felt life's insecurities, yearned for a date with "the" one, questioned his or her purpose in life, or most importantly, learned the value of loyalty and friendship, Love on the Big Screen is a must read. Filled with humor, Love on the Big Screen is a coming of age story set in a small, Midwest, conservative college. It is a wonderful blend of growing up in the 1980s and fiction...answered my long awaited question of what guys do on a Sunday night in a "closed" dorm... Dara C. (IN,USA)
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