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Publisher Comments:

As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s.

At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed — many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work yet.

Review:

"[I]nvolving and beautifully written....Once again O'Brien proves he's capable of being one of our brightest and best novelists." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"A small-scale tour de force by an American original....Tim O'Brien is one of the most accomplished members of a generation of writers that includes Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"The individual portraits are astonishing for their clarity of character, for their narrative thrills and surprises, for their humor and hard-won wisdom....July, July gives readers plenty of reasons to celebrate." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Taut and compelling." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Perceptive, affectionate and often very funny." Boston Herald

Review:

"O'Brien's individual stories are crafted with exquisite precision. His writing is taut and unsentimental, and packs an emotional wallop." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"It is admirable and courageous of Tim O'Brien to move beyond Vietnam...but he writes with far less confidence about the war between men and women..." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book Review

Review:

"July, July is a terrific story collection, but as a novel, while it is not exactly a failure, it disappoints. Maybe that's because the mirror O'Brien holds up to these folks in their fifties reveals only narcissists." John Mort, Booklist

Review:

"O'Brien's latest is every bit as haunting as his most celebrated works." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"A great novel." Esquire

Review:

"O'Brien gives you exactly what you expect: the literary equivalent of a not-very-fast fastball down the middle....These days, even the television shows his characters surely watch collude in a culture of knowingness and irony far beyond the ken of July, July." David Gates, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"July, July is beautifully written, very moving, and very, very funny. A great book from one of America's greatest writers." Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments and A Star Called Henry

Review:

"Comedy and pathos define the reunion days, while the histories often devastate. Because they are such dramatic moments...some of them feel contrived, almost hyperbolic. Still, this is a poignant and powerful page-turner, and a testament to a generation." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A deeply satisfying story....O'Brien is intelligent and daring, but he is also eminently accessible; he writes in clear, fluid sentences about people we recognize." Oprah Magazine

Review:

"[A]t the end of the day, it's not easy to sympathize with (or care much about) these [characters]. Virtually indistinguishable from one another...they bear witness to the narcissism of the baby boomer generation..." Stephanie Foote, Book Magazine

Review:

"O'Brien's writing is as compulsively readable, as tough and succinct, as savagely funny as ever." The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer

Synopsis:

As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.

Synopsis:

As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.

About the Author

Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His novel The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, and an excerpt was selected for The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named best novel of 1994 by Time magazine. July, July has been excerpted in both The New Yorker and Esquire. His other novels include Northern Lights, The Nuclear Age, and Tomcat in Love.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142003381
Author:
O'Brien, Tim
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Minnesota
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Baby boom generation
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
College graduates
Subject:
Class reunions
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
New York Times Notable Book
Series Volume:
RN-0290
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.82x4.98x.60 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142003381 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[I]nvolving and beautifully written....Once again O'Brien proves he's capable of being one of our brightest and best novelists."
"Review" by , "A small-scale tour de force by an American original....Tim O'Brien is one of the most accomplished members of a generation of writers that includes Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon."
"Review" by , "The individual portraits are astonishing for their clarity of character, for their narrative thrills and surprises, for their humor and hard-won wisdom....July, July gives readers plenty of reasons to celebrate."
"Review" by , "Taut and compelling."
"Review" by , "Perceptive, affectionate and often very funny."
"Review" by , "O'Brien's individual stories are crafted with exquisite precision. His writing is taut and unsentimental, and packs an emotional wallop."
"Review" by , "It is admirable and courageous of Tim O'Brien to move beyond Vietnam...but he writes with far less confidence about the war between men and women..."
"Review" by , "July, July is a terrific story collection, but as a novel, while it is not exactly a failure, it disappoints. Maybe that's because the mirror O'Brien holds up to these folks in their fifties reveals only narcissists."
"Review" by , "O'Brien's latest is every bit as haunting as his most celebrated works."
"Review" by , "A great novel."
"Review" by , "O'Brien gives you exactly what you expect: the literary equivalent of a not-very-fast fastball down the middle....These days, even the television shows his characters surely watch collude in a culture of knowingness and irony far beyond the ken of July, July."
"Review" by , "July, July is beautifully written, very moving, and very, very funny. A great book from one of America's greatest writers."
"Review" by , "Comedy and pathos define the reunion days, while the histories often devastate. Because they are such dramatic moments...some of them feel contrived, almost hyperbolic. Still, this is a poignant and powerful page-turner, and a testament to a generation."
"Review" by , "A deeply satisfying story....O'Brien is intelligent and daring, but he is also eminently accessible; he writes in clear, fluid sentences about people we recognize."
"Review" by , "[A]t the end of the day, it's not easy to sympathize with (or care much about) these [characters]. Virtually indistinguishable from one another...they bear witness to the narcissism of the baby boomer generation..."
"Review" by , "O'Brien's writing is as compulsively readable, as tough and succinct, as savagely funny as ever."
"Synopsis" by ,
As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.

"Synopsis" by ,
As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.

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