An Ocean in Iowaby Peter Hedges
In a small town in Iowa, Scotty Ocean has announced that seven is going to be his year. It does turn out to be his year, but not quite the one he had imagined. It is the year his mother abandons the family. At first, Scotty does astonishing things to get her to return. When he realizes she won't be coming back, he decides he must replace her. And when that proves
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When I first started it. It broke my heart, made me laugh, and made me grateful...
I am a huge fan of Hedges' work, but i would have to say that Scotty Ocean is my favorite. He is the most lovable rebell I have ever known! Enthusiastic about being 7 years old, (and remaining 7 forever), Scotty struggles to keep the rest of his life as perfect as his age. When his mom, a failing artist, abandons the family he goes through a phase of witty rebellion. His mishaps will have you laughing along, but saddened as well, when you consider his circumstances. Hedges guides his readers through rural 1969 family life through the awesomely mature eyes of a child learning about the facts of life. The writing is very simple, yet meaningful. Much like 'Gilbert Grape', the characters are quite unforgettable. An enjoyable read for all ages.