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Meteors in August: A Novel Hardcover – September 12, 1990


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From Publishers Weekly

Bullied wives, maimed men, haters of Indians, exhibitionists, petty preachers and rebel congregations are among the northern Montana townspeople who grope for individual deliverance in the background of this exceptionally promising debut novel. Misfit Lizzie, its adolescent narrator, escapes her older sister's predicament--a teenage pregnancy that caused her to run away when Lizzie was still a child--and concludes: "I figured a girl wasn't going to get too many breaks in her life and that I'd better find a way to show God I was grateful." She is guided by the local Holy Roller ("Jesus might be kind, but God and Mrs. Graves were only merciful"), but observes that fire-and-brimstone goodness does not stave off catastrophe. Rather, she learns not to reject sin but to forgive it. These themes might seem syrupy in less able hands, but Thon's steely-eyed, sharpshooting prose brings both urgency and spontaneity to her characters and their conflicts. Lizzie's feelings of rejection, her determination and her perceptions of the stultifying rural squalor are wrenchingly palpable, and Thon is clearly a writer to watch.
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This is a tough yet elegantly written novel about a girl growing up in a small town in Montana. For Lizzie Macon, life is difficult, both physically and emotionally; she receives little kindness from her parents, community, or classmates. Somehow the days pass, and the ebb and flow doesn't much affect the town, until one August, when a fiery and horrific trio of events occur: the local saloon burns to the ground, a mildly retarded and much misunderstood neighborhood boy hangs himself, and a small plane falls out of the sky and sinks to the bottom of the local lake, drowning the young girl trapped inside. The turmoil of these events has an odd, disquieting effect on the townspeople, as well as on Lizzie herself, but ultimately it serves to wake her up and make her realize that she's in control of her own life. Written with a refreshing and unique directness, this novel is a pleasure to read.
- Jessica Grim, Univ. of California at Berkeley Lib.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (September 12, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394576640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394576640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,977,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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