Rock Island Line

Rock Island Line

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by David Rhodes
     
 

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Raised in an idyllic Iowa town, young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents. Fleeing to Philadelphia, he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train station. When a young woman appears to free him from his malaise, they return together to the Iowa heartland, where the novel soars to its heartrending climax. First published to enormous

Overview

Raised in an idyllic Iowa town, young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents. Fleeing to Philadelphia, he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train station. When a young woman appears to free him from his malaise, they return together to the Iowa heartland, where the novel soars to its heartrending climax. First published to enormous acclaim in 1975, Rock Island Line brings Rhodes's striking characterizations and unparalleled eye for the telling detail to this tale of paradise lost — and possibly regained.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571318244
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
348,959
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

As a young man, David Rhodes worked in fields, hospitals, and factories across Iowa. After receiving an MFA in Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in 1971, he published three novels in rapid succession: The Last Fair Deal Going Down (Atlantic/Little, Brown, 1972), The Easter House (Harper&Row, 1974), and Rock Island Line (Harper&Row, 1975). A motorcycle accident in 1976 left him paralyzed from the waist down, since which time he continued writing but stopped publishing. He lives with his wife, Edna, in Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

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Rock Island Line 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Driftless by David Rhodes, I decided I wanted to read more from him. This book tells the story of July Montgomery, who was one of the interesting and important characters in Driftless. It was interesting to read about the difficult life that made July into the respected and quietly reserved man that he became. There were some parts of the story that were so sad I cried and some that were so happy I laughed. It was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Driftless and was so glad to find this earlier book. Loved reading this one just as much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sad but interesting story about the boyhood of one of the pivotal characters in Driftless.
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