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What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. Gilbert's long-suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus — in that order. But the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert's younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long. As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself....

With this wry portrait of small-town Iowa — and a young man's life at the crossroads — Peter Hedges created a classic American novel "charged with sardonic intelligence" (Washington Post Book World).

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Peter Hedges, a novelist and playwright, grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. His newest novel is An Ocean in Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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lukas, February 1, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
So I think the other review on here is of the movie and not the book. Like a lot of readers, I saw the film first and wasn't even aware it was a book for a long time. Peter Hedges also wrote the screenplay and has gone on to direct a few films himself, including "Pieces of April" and "Dan in Real Life." The book is quite a bit darker and less quirky than the film, but is well worth reading for its sardonic depiction of small town life and its vivid characters. It has something in common with McMurtry's "Last Picture Show," but with more Gen X angst and alienation. Was on Anna Quindlen's list, 10 books that will make a teenager feel more human.
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laylalee21, October 17, 2012 (view all comments by laylalee21)
I think the movie was basically a masterpiece. I was really surprised to see Leonardo DiCaprio in it, that's for sure, but he did amazing acting!!!! Unbelievable!
It was really amazing.
~Layla
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671038540
Author:
Hedges, Peter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Iowa
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
96-015
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 9.87 oz

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