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Walter Kirn has fashioned She Needed Me, a moving, surprising, and darkly comic novel whose sympathetic portrait of a disillusioned generation is mercifully uncynical. Weaver Walquist and Kim Lindgren first meet outside a St. Paul, Minnesota, abortion clinic. Kim — twenty-three, pregnant, with no money to finish junior college — is about to walk inside. Weaver is lying in front of the door. At twenty-six, he is a Bible-carrying member of the Conscience Squad, a fanatical right-wing protest group...yet readers of all minds will be drawn to this gentle, questing soul as he struggles with his feelings for Kim and his subsequent sexual desire for her; his crumbling devotion to the church; and his waning loyalty to his employer, Sanipure, a Christian soap and cosmetics company that calls sales "fellowship moments." But Weaver was not always devout. The only child of a widowed, highly successful Wisconsin liquor store owner, he tried to ward off teenage isolation with a mixture of pot and pills, vodka, sex and heavy metal music, until born-again Christian Lucas Boone found him half dead on the floor of a Greyhound station men's room.

As Weaver tries to persuade Kim to have her baby, they embark upon a journey that brings them into contact with a cast of keenly drawn characters: Chuck and Dixie Lindgren, Kim's parents, who made more money in one hot Las Vegas weekend than they ever earned from their North Dakota farm; charismatic, paranoid Lucas Boone, popping anti-depressant pills like candy; Kim's disaffected brother, Ricky, who makes a modest living burglarizing his relatives' homes; and finally sharp-tongued Margaret Walquist, whom Weaver always thinks of as "my mother the businesswoman." A funny, bittersweet chronicle of young people falling in love and searching for answers in a crazy, changing world, She Needed Me is vibrant and honest without being judgmental.

Review:

"Kirn sensitively portrays his main characters' painful emotional waltz, perfectly capturing the hesitancy and mistrust that sabotages their yearning....Recommended..." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] timely melodrama..." Kirkus Reviews

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"Kirn...succeeds brilliantly in fathoming the mindset of a moralistic misogynist..." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Walter Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and the Univeristy of Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671780937
Editor:
Regan, Judith
Publisher:
Pocket
Editor:
Regan, Judith
Author:
Kirn, Walter
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Abortion
Subject:
Saint Paul
Subject:
Saint Paul (Minn.) Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
PNW-GTR-367
Publication Date:
October 1993
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.31x5.41x.80 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671780937 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kirn sensitively portrays his main characters' painful emotional waltz, perfectly capturing the hesitancy and mistrust that sabotages their yearning....Recommended..."
"Review" by , "[A] timely melodrama..."
"Review" by , "Kirn...succeeds brilliantly in fathoming the mindset of a moralistic misogynist..."
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