By Chuck Klosterman
Manhattan instances bestselling writer and “oneofAmerica’stop cultural critics” (Entertainment Weekly) Chuck Klosterman’s debut novel brilliantly captures the allure and dread of small city life—now to be had in alternate paperback. someplace in rural North Dakota, there's a fictional city known as Owl. They don’t have cable. They don’t quite have popular culture, yet they do have grain costs and alcoholism. humans work flat out after which they die. yet that’s no longer approximately as lousy because it sounds; in truth, occasionally it’s excellent. Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He performs highschool soccer and concerns approximately his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia simply moved to Owl. A historical past instructor, she will get loose booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer. Widower and native conversationalist Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. all of them comprehend one another thoroughly, other than that they’ve by no means met. but if a perilous blizzard— in keeping with an exact hurricane that happened in 1984—hits the world, their lives are derailed in unex- pected and robust methods. An unpretentious, darkly comedic tale of ways it feels to exist in a group the place neighborhood mythology and violent fact are pretty well an identical factor, Downtown Owl is “a gratifying personality examine and moves an ideal stability among the humorous and the professional- found” (Publishers Weekly).
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