The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories about the Boys

The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories about the Boys

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by Jim Heynen
     
 

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In more than one hundred perfectly pitched, sometimes perverse, and always surprising stories, Jim Heynen displays his mastery of country wisdom, speech, and behavior as he reveals life in a Midwest where electricity is a magical novelty and cities a distant rumor. These are tales of farmboys finding their way, contending with grown-ups, city kids, birth, death,

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In more than one hundred perfectly pitched, sometimes perverse, and always surprising stories, Jim Heynen displays his mastery of country wisdom, speech, and behavior as he reveals life in a Midwest where electricity is a magical novelty and cities a distant rumor. These are tales of farmboys finding their way, contending with grown-ups, city kids, birth, death, bats, rats, skunks, and even mean ponies. Or choosing between corncobs and peach tissues, hurling rotten eggs, getting in trouble, helping out, and trying to conceive of the mountains and oceans and forests they've never seen. Their adventures are an education in  the natural world, as well as an aknowledgment of what is both common and strange in human nature. Whether true of just funny, sad or even magical, The One-Room Schoolhouse is indelibly American.

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"Jim Heynen knows the secret passage that lets him into the minds of young country boys...as they encounter the realities of a distinctive way of life—isolated, harshly beautiful—that is vanishing from the American scene."—Chicago Tribune

"In language that's both poignant and simple, these hundred tales present an intimate, frank, and beautifully detailed portrait of rural life." —Seattle Times

"Sharply written...emotionally rich...[a] sublime gem."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679747697
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Heynen lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and teaches at St. Olaf's College in Northfield.

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The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories about the Boys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rocky5 More than 1 year ago
Him Heynen is a superlative story teller. These are short enough that you can read just one or several before you fall asleep, or while you are waiting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's easy to make the simple complicated, but Heynen does the exact opposite in these masterful gems. Read them in one sitting or parcel out to savor, but read you must!