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New York Times Bestselling Author Chuck Klosterman's First Novel

Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect.

Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they've never met.

Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing. Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, it's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problem. And the problem is this: What does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matters more is how you ask the question.

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"Four books of nonfiction (Fargo Rock City; Klosterman IV; etc.) and a steady magazine presence have established Klosterman as a pop culture writer known for his air-quotes wit. There's plenty of that sensibility in his first novel, and fans and detractors alike may be pleasantly surprised to find Klosterman delving beneath the quirky surfaces of Owl, N. Dak., the 'overtly idyllic' but 'paradoxically menacing' town that provides a perfect backdrop for the author's sense of humor. (The time in which the novel takes place — 1983, an era of Def Leppard and feathered hair — tickles the author's love of the vapid.) The book shifts perspective among three Owl residents: Mitch, a smart teenager who's 'not clutch' on the football field or with girls; Julia, a teacher fresh out of college and discovering an affinity for booze and beaus; and Horace, a widower whose life revolves around coffee and bull sessions. Though no single narrative line binds the three — the event that ultimately unites them is a creaking deus ex machina — Klosterman creates a satisfying character study and strikes a perfect balance between the funny and the profound. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN, and he n

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Tim Cook, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by Tim Cook)
If you're expecting Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs you will be disappointed. This is Klosterman's first fiction work and while I appreciated his razor sharp pop culture references, I was annoyed by the excessive use of lists throughout the book. I almost abandoned the book a couple of times; I'm glad I didn't, because the ending is fantastic and saved it for me.Quote-right
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Jean Caillie, January 26, 2009 (view all comments by Jean Caillie)
I judged a book by its title (cause I love owls) I was pleasantly surprised. You may have already heard
of Chuck Klosterman. You may have already read something of his. I believe this one, "Downtown Owl" is an obscure addition to his repitoire. You become involved in the lives of three main narrators, Mitch,
Julia and Horace. The story takes place in downtown
Owl in North Dakota, just before an Alberta Clipper is
to hit town. Mitch is a football player for the local High School. Julia is a newly appointed history teacher. Horace is a 73 year old widower. The author has quite a handle on each of their feelings and brings you to a comfortable place where you wish to share a cup of coffee, or a cocktail. The pace is slow in Owl, ND, but Klosterman keeps the reader entangled in the lives of its population
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416544180
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Klosterman, Chuck
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
North dakota
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Scribner Hardco
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 13.895 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Four books of nonfiction (Fargo Rock City; Klosterman IV; etc.) and a steady magazine presence have established Klosterman as a pop culture writer known for his air-quotes wit. There's plenty of that sensibility in his first novel, and fans and detractors alike may be pleasantly surprised to find Klosterman delving beneath the quirky surfaces of Owl, N. Dak., the 'overtly idyllic' but 'paradoxically menacing' town that provides a perfect backdrop for the author's sense of humor. (The time in which the novel takes place — 1983, an era of Def Leppard and feathered hair — tickles the author's love of the vapid.) The book shifts perspective among three Owl residents: Mitch, a smart teenager who's 'not clutch' on the football field or with girls; Julia, a teacher fresh out of college and discovering an affinity for booze and beaus; and Horace, a widower whose life revolves around coffee and bull sessions. Though no single narrative line binds the three — the event that ultimately unites them is a creaking deus ex machina — Klosterman creates a satisfying character study and strikes a perfect balance between the funny and the profound. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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