Gump & Co.

Gump & Co.

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by Winston Groom
     
 

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Forrest Gump captured our hearts in the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Forrest Gump, and in the blockbuster film, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Now he returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his unique way, Forrest is…  See more details below

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Forrest Gump captured our hearts in the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Forrest Gump, and in the blockbuster film, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Now he returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his unique way, Forrest is still running -- this time straight into the age of greed and instant gratification known as the 1980s.

Whenever I really get stumped, I go visit Jenny's grave. She tells me she's always rooting for me. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has gone bust and now Forrest is flat broke, sweeping floors in a New Orleans strip joint, when a fresh opportunity to play championship football puts him back in the limelight -- and in the money. But fate turns fickle again, and he's soon out on the road selling phony encyclopedias and trying to raise his son, little Forrest, who needs his father more than ever. Forrest's remarkable, touching, and utterly comic odyssey has just begun: in store for him is an explosive attempt at hog farming; his own dubious recipe for adding life to New Coke; an encounter with Oliver North of the Iran-Contra affair; and a chance yet again to unwittingly twist the nose of history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
George Christy Hollywood Reporter That latter-day Huck Finn is now in his forties and back...ten years after we last caught up with him...more adventurous twists and turns.

Robert Plunket The New York Times Book Review As comic voices go, Forrest Gump is a classic.

Patricia Holt San Francisco Chronicle Gump & Co. is a delight.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The continuing adventures of You-Know-Who. (July)
Library Journal
An award-winning movie made from an originally disappointing novel (Forrest Gump, LJ 3/1/86) cries out for a sequel: so here it is. Groom gives us the last decade of Gump's life, including the 1995 Academy AwardsR ceremony with the movie sweeping the OscarsR and Gump getting a special award as "The Most Lovable Certified Idiot in America." Along the way he becomes involved in Iran-Contra, insider trading, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Desert Storm. Tapping into another trend, Groom gives Gump an angel to guide him; Jenny, the love of his life and mother of Little Forrest, lived on in the first Gump novel but died in the movie, so Groom kills her by page 15 and brings her back at opportune times. Little Forrest is along for some of this ride, usually with ideas for successful ventures, including the oyster company of the title. (Once again, shellfish from Louisiana save Gump's financial hide.) As a book, this is a media event, so expect demand, with a movie to follow-and maybe even an oyster cookbook. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/95.]-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451607543
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
348,322
Product dimensions:
0.58(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Winston Groom, bestselling author of nine books, wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel Better Times Than These, the prize-winning As Summers Die, Gone the Sun, and Only. He coauthored Conversations With the Enemy, which was nominated for a 1984 Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Forrest Gump and Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. The phenomenal hit film Forrest Gump garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Mr. Groom is also the author of Shrouds of Glory, an account of Confederate General John Bell Hood's decisive actions in the lost great campaign of the Civil War. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.

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