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Speed Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

In a poignant coming-of-age novel set in the second quarter of this century, the narrator recalls his younger brother, Speed, whose athletic and intellectual abilities were undermined by a disabling stutter. "True to period details and his narrator's emotions, Harris shows us that life replete with success in love and work can yet be ruled by sorrow," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Set in Mount Vernon, New York, in the 1920s and 1930s, this is the story of two brothers, both bright and handsome--Speed and the narrator. Of the two, Speed is brighter, more handsome, a better athlete, and a more generous human being. Unfortunately, Speed has a terrible stutter that negates his value in the eyes of many. Speed finds salvation of sorts in his dream of owning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. While the narrator loves Speed, he is also jealous of him. He senses that if Speed talked normally, he--the narrator--would be seen as the lesser of the two. After Speed disappears, the narrator spends decades missing him and searching for him. Strong sense of place combined with excellent characterization make this bittersweet tale a superior reading experience. By the author of Bang the Drum Slowly (LJ 2/15/56) and The Southpaw (Buccaneer Bks., 1982; Univ. of Nebraska Pr., 1984. pap.) .
- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446362115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446362115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,894,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ann on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book held my attention from beginning to end. It depicted this era very well. The charactors were quite interesting and typical for the time. It had some heart breaking moments when you felt what the brothers were going though. This is diffidently not a book you would forget. In other words if somone asked you have you read Speed by Mark Harris? You would recall it right off.
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By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Probably one of my favorite books of the 1990's. Maybe because of the sibling rivalry. I'm dying to know if it is autobiographical. Did it really happen? How do I contact author?
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