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The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas: Stories Paperback – August 2, 2005
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-- 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
Top Customer Reviews
When I finished reading, I immediately wanted to read more, and to take a road trip.
Maybe this review is a little dramatic, but this is a damn good book.
Buy it now.
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.
The book is a collection of short stories, most of which concern people who have lost or are losing someone very close to them. The standout story is "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas", in which the narrator and his girlfriend are driving through rural Kansas and see a boy surfing on two cinder blocks in his backyard. The boy falls and breaks his arm, so the narrator rushes him to the hospital. On the way there, the boy tells the narrator and the narrator's girlfriend about his dying sister who doesn't have much longer to live. They get pulled over by the police for speeding, but eventually the cops are helping them get the boy to the hospital.
Anyone who has ever loved and lost will be able to connect with the character's in Rothbart's stories. He tells the stories from the point of view of people from different races, classes, and locations, but the stories all retain the heart-wrenching quality of losing someone that meant the world to you, from a little sister to someone else's girlfriend to a prostitute's daughter.
This book is not for young children, because of obvious reasons, but adults are not the only ones who can enjoy Rothbart's stories. The Lone Surfer is an easy read, but if you look deeper you can find a truly touching message about love, which everyone will interpret in their own way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite good short stories, in the old tradition of American writers! I recommend this book to lovers of the genre. Lucien CastierPublished 20 months ago by Lucien
I love Rothbart's writing- always so beautiful, dark, and creative. I forget to consider whether or not his stories are real- I just love getting lost in themPublished 20 months ago by Michael Z. Sosis
Davy Rothbart is one of my favorite entertainers and writers, and now filmmakers.
He isn't polished, he's honest and raw.
I have not read the book yet. It was required to have for my gen ed course. It looks interesting.Published on January 28, 2013 by sabrina
Davy Rothbart's writing is clean, crisp and fun. It's a quick read for a vacation book. It's just as quirky and as fun as the magazine that he edits.Published on January 4, 2013 by Sage
Davy Rothbart is best known as the personable and fun-loving founder of Found Magazine. I once saw him during a speaking tour in which he and his brother criss-crossed the country... Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by J. Bosiljevac
A decent but not terribly impressive or memorable werk; I think there is a spark of talent buried in there and I hope it matures. Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by R. Friesel Jr.
You'd never guess from meeting him that his book is selling in Urban Outfitters all over the country. Davy is a rockstar, and The Lone Surfer is completely mesmerizing. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by K. L. Havens