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The Sterile Cuckoo
     

The Sterile Cuckoo

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by John Nichols
 

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“A hilarious, sad . . . all too true novel about the rough underside of a college love affair.”—John Knowles, author of A Separate Peace
When eighteen-year-old Jerry Payne first meets Pookie Adams at the Friarsburg, Oklahoma, bus depot, he is hardly aware that this moment marks the beginning of the most memorable love affair of his life.

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“A hilarious, sad . . . all too true novel about the rough underside of a college love affair.”—John Knowles, author of A Separate Peace
When eighteen-year-old Jerry Payne first meets Pookie Adams at the Friarsburg, Oklahoma, bus depot, he is hardly aware that this moment marks the beginning of the most memorable love affair of his life. Overwhelmed (and yet secretly enchanted) by her zany, rambling monologue, Jerry is relieved to leave her in St. Louis as he continues to New York. Thinking he’s seen the last of her, he heads off to college, only to be pursued by seventeen lengthy letters, and before he knows it he’s involved with a seemingly crazy, startlingly honest girl who adores him. During the next two years, Pookie helps Jerry leave behind the fun-seeking, beer-blasted fraternity man he has become, as she teaches him to open his heart to her. Then, almost as suddenly as she appeared in his life, she disappears from it, leaving in her wake an eternal trail of love and wonder.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“[Nichols’s] art is impressive.”
Reynolds Price
“Comic and touching and true.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393348491
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/05/2013
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,324,208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

John Nichols is the author of On Top of Spoon Mountain, The Wizard of Loneliness, A Ghost in the Music, If Mountains Die, The Milagro Beanfield War, and other works. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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Sterile Cuckoo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ is an excellent romantic novel based on first love during college. It is a story that should be read by people who want to know or remember how college love was including fights, surprises, kissing, making out, parties, alcohol, and sex. John Nichols writes about these two characters that meet and change the rest of their life, using events that can resemble the life of anyone. Jerry is characterized for being a changeable person, while Pookie is always obsessed with the love she had for him. I truly recommend ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ to anyone who enjoys romantic/comedy mixed novels. The best thing of this novel is that it contains many different characters , which can make you feel identified with them, especially if you are a college student. Don¿t think it twice, go ahead and choose this novel, you¿ll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Sterile Cuckoo", by John Nichols, is a novel that relates the story of Pookie Adams and Jerry Payne, two young people that first met in the Oklahoma bus depot. Since their first encounter, which was extremely uncommon and surprising, Pookie falls in love with Jerry and a few months after it, he realizes that he is in love with her too. Their love affair involves them in an unforgettable journey that helps Jerry to stop being so methodical and shy, while the end of their relationship comes closer. This novel should be read by all those who had been in love, are in love or want to be in love, because "The Sterile Cuckoo" captures the essence of what the first love is about and how sad is its end. Besides, it describes how love can change a person, doing extraordinary things on the person. Though the book mainly describes the love story between Jerry and Pookie, it also describes what being an adolescent means and, the long way we have to walk through life to discover who we really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿d like to recommend ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ for any of you, like me, who enjoy those kinds of coming-of-age/love stories like ¿Catcher in the Rye,¿ ¿A Separate Peace,¿ and ¿Goodbye Columbus.¿ I had seen the movie of ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ years and years ago but can¿t remember anything except Liza Minneli wearing wide-rimmed glasses; I remember the song ¿Come Saturday Morning¿ better. For whatever reason, I thought that ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ could be one of those kinds of books that I look for. The front and back covers give it some great hype, and it really starts out interestingly with quiet, conservative Jerry Payne meeting absolutely loopy Pookie Adams. They fall in love, and the unconventional affair takes its course. Along with the comments on the back cover, I also think that a good part of ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ is `hilarious and imaginative.¿ However, I didn¿t see much of Pookie `helping Jerry leave behind the fun-seeking, beer-blasted fraternity man he has become as she teaches him to open his heart to her.¿ Because of that, the novel seems to lose something starting at about the halfway mark, but then it picks up at the end. It would have been better had it been about half the length it is. Even so, there¿s something in ¿The Sterile Cuckoo¿ that stays after reading it. It has something to do with Pookie Adams. Early in the book, the author writes about Pookie looking out the window on a winter day: ¿...And she felt immensely sorry for herself because she would go through her entire life shedding beautiful crystalline tears that would melt against the warm earth: and she knew that day she would always be unhappy.¿