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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743263057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743263054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rothbart, the creator of Found magazine, self-published five of the eight stories included here under the same title. This new collection should give him the wider attention he deserves, for his stories contain an immediacy and freshness that make them instantly engaging. The stories' strength lies in their narrators, young men who are rootless, restless, and full of heart, displaying humor and sweetness even in dire situations. The young couple in the title story are newly in love and zooming across the back roads of Kansas when they espy a young boy practicing his surfing moves in a cornfield. Drawn into a family drama surrounding the surfer's fatally ill sister, the narrator is moved to remark that "the world had never seemed so beautiful and devastating, so ordinary and broken-down." Such small epiphanies are the hallmark of the collection, which also includes magical portraits of a charismatic, outrageous liar and a lonely teen transformed by the kindness of a stranger whom he victimized. Joanne Wilkinson
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"Davy writes with his whole heart. These stories are crushing."
-- Arthur Miller

"It's always exciting to discover a talented new writer. Davy Rothbart writes with such energy, wit, and heart."
-- Judy Blume

Davy Rothbart is a prodigiously talented young writer, and I would happily read anything he writes. His stories are full of a strange nervous energy in which wisdom is also, somehow, always visible."
-- Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love and Saul and Patsy

"I believe in Davy. He is a force to be reckoned with."
-- Ira Glass, host of public radio's This American Life

More About the Author

Davy Rothbart is the author of the national bestseller Found, and creator of the magazine of the same name. A contributor to public radio's This American Life, he is also the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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These stories are raw and innocent, powerful, gritty and kind.
A reader in California
What a great book... an easy one night read, but will keep you thinking for days.
Richmond Spider
Maybe this review is a little dramatic, but this is a damn good book.
Jeffrey Orig

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By treetowngirl on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Davy Rothbart's short stories evoke the innocence and the complexity of human relationships. These sometimes wacky and sometimes not so wacky characters, encountering the everyday trials and tribulations of life, could be your best friend, your brother, or even yourself at some moment, current, past, present. Perhaps that's what Davy does best -- caputure the fleeting beauty of particular moments in time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Gee on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have had the pleasure of following Davy and his Found crew at public events for the past few years here in Boston. When learning he would be here to promote his new book, I bought it right away. These stories are raw in a way that when you flip through and pore through Found zines are raw-there is a voyeristic feeling that washes over you when you read the stories of being plopped right into their lives with hardly any back stories, and sometimes, no discernible future at all. Davy himself has an amazing presense-the very aspects of Mr. Rogers that he enjoyed is what he has been given-a charm of being truly interested in other people's lives in an authentic pure way that is never malicious and always whimsical. His fictional pieces sometimes wrap up a bit too neatly (unlike love letters found in the trash-always messy and crawling all over the places with loose ends) but I feel his future writings will correct that aspect-but one cannot ignore the blinding heat of wonder of the beauty and cruelity of our world. Read and feel, people, read and feel....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Lamoreaux on August 5, 2005
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The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories. I read it in under a day, because I couldn't stop wondering about the next story, and the next story. This book reflects some of those amazing experiences where life comes together through coicidence or design. Well written, touching, honest, and amazing, these experiences will have you invested in the journey, turning page after page.

When I finished reading, I immediately wanted to read more, and to take a road trip.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sachin Shanbhag on September 7, 2005
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Davy's book is a wonderful read. When I picked it up, I was pleased that it was a thin book. By the time I finished reading the last story, I wished it would go on and on. My favorite story in the collection was the "Lone Surfer...".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richmond Spider on September 8, 2005
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What a great book... an easy one night read, but will keep you thinking for days. Fun, insightful, thoughtful, quirky... all the things you want in a book. Another Sedaris on the horizon... can't wait for his next read to come out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Orig on August 27, 2005
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These stories reach down to those places that you think you want to forget, but really don't. It reaches to the aching of things you should have done, people that you will never forget, and to the things that you are guilty of being.

Maybe this review is a little dramatic, but this is a damn good book.

Buy it now.

Read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Daniels on August 18, 2005
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The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, is a collection of short stories much like a collection of Found items from the creator himself! You never know what to expect and you can't help but to anticipate more. Each story is unique in bringing to life a cast of characters that follow you well beyond the pages of the book. I really enjoyed these stories and I look forward to reading more from Rothbart in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baroness von Slothenstein on August 5, 2005
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...and not let go.

I devoured it in 2 days and then went back and read it again. Davy Rothbart has a knack for distilling the humanity in any given situation with an uncanny sensitivity. Many of the stories are out-loud funny and almost all of them will break your heart (in a good way). I can't recommend it enough.
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