- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425207803
- ISBN-13: 978-0425207802
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This strange tale manages to creep under your skin, and to stay there for some time. ("People") A story about young love suffused with mystery and magic...an absorbing read. ("Des Moines Register") Galloway draws you into another world, and you'll be wholly involved from the opening line, with its blunt force. (Kaye Gibbons, author of "Divining Women")
About the Author
Gregory Galloway has an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He lives in New Jersey.
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The story examines the success of a normal if isolated male plodding forward, doing what's expected of him and accomplishing what's expected of him, and the prejudices he develops through this conventional life style. When he encounters a female clearly better at processing symbols than he is, it first makes him question his values and then opens his mind to a different set of connections.
This book is also about dysfunctional people living in a dysfunctional town. If we saw the story through Anna's eyes instead of G's, an awful lot of detail would fill in. G has a philosophy of just going through the motions, not looking too closely, or asking too much. When we meet him, he'd rather not know the details of his mother's relationship to the town drunk whose son is the local drug dealer and G's best friend. G's relationship with Anna becomes his whole world, but he'd rather not know the details of Anna's relationship to every one else in town.
A number of reviewers have remarked that this story is unresolved. That is the author's point. Life seldom resolves for anyone and even less so for teenagers. Hopefully teenagers go on to college. If not they marry and enter the work force, but whatever was important in 10th Grade is going to be different at 20.
That said, I found comfort in Anna's obituary for G at the end of the book. I think when I read this again, I'm going to search the codes on the short wave, and the meaning in that long, repetitious poem at the end and see if I can figure some of the mysteries out. In the meantime, Mr. Galloway has written far and away the best novel I've read in years, and at the same time offered a completely new twist to the ghost story. I loved this book.
The characters were very, very shallow. This is perpetuated by Galloway's lack of expansion on these plot sequences. The main character seemed almost shamefully similar to the main character from _Looking For Alaska_: the unpopular boy meets a girl, begins to find his place in the world, and the girl disappears.
The book received two stars from me because it didn't make me feel stupid; many "teen fiction" novels tend to be written in language that is just too simple to project the story. I had high hopes for the book despite the negative reviews because of Galloway's MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The book was recommended to me by a friend, and further reinforces my general distaste toward "teen fiction."