Overview

In this coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1967, 17-year-old Andy Newmark graduates from high school and lands a job at a run down beach club on the famous barrier island east of New York City. It’s the legendary “summer of love” in the USA with the Vietnam War ramping up in the background and on Thunder Island it’s all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It is Andy’s first time living away from home with no one to answer to but the hard-drinking board members of the rattletrap club. The threat of the ...
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Thunder Island

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Overview

In this coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1967, 17-year-old Andy Newmark graduates from high school and lands a job at a run down beach club on the famous barrier island east of New York City. It’s the legendary “summer of love” in the USA with the Vietnam War ramping up in the background and on Thunder Island it’s all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It is Andy’s first time living away from home with no one to answer to but the hard-drinking board members of the rattletrap club. The threat of the military draft hangs over Andy as makes his way into the adult world.

This was one of James Howard Kunstler’s early novels, published some time before he became better known as a social critic and author of the acclaimed non-fiction books The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It is the summer of 1967, and Andy Newmark, a 17-year-old New Yorker, takes a maintenance job at a Thunder (read Fire) Island resort. The reader is carried along by Andy's sense of exploration as he works, makes friends, surfs, and experiments with drugs, alcohol and sex. All the while, the fear of not being accepted to college and so being drafted into Vietnam hovers over him. Gradually overcoming personal conflictshis parents' divorce, his fear of failureand the social ills he encountersthe war, the prejudice he experiences as a Jew at a Catholic club, the decadence of Thunder Islandby summer's end, Andy feels comfortable with himself and the dimensions of the adult world he is entering. Andy and his friends are likable, even if they seem as deeply characterized as the people in the rock songs that play everywhere on Thunder Island. And, like many novels of initiation, the adults are portrayed as ridiculous stuffed-shirts. Overall, though hackneyed expressions and trite situations diminish the effect of its simple story of innocence and discovery, this novel has charm. Steeped in the news and social events of the time as they appeared to young adults then, Thunder Island offers a sentimental, nostalgic version of adolescence in the late '60s and will be a welcome read on the beach in the late '80s. Kunstler wrote The Halloween Ball. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617507786
  • Publisher: James Howard Kunstler
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 1,324,401
  • File size: 608 KB

Meet the Author

James Howard Kunstler is the author of The Long Emergency, the Geography of Nowhere and, most recently, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking technology and the Fate of the Nation, published in 2012 by the Atlantic Monthly Press. He's also the author of 12 novels, including theWorld Made By Hand series, set in the post-oil American future.
   Mr. Kunstler was born and raised in New York City. He was a feature writer at the Boston Phoenix and several metropolitan daily newspapers, then an editor and staff writer at Rolling Stone Magazine after that. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion Magazine.
   He has lectured at scores of colleges including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and MIT. He's been a keynoter for the National Trust and the Congress for the New Urbanism, and appeared at the TED conference in Monterrey, California, and the Colbert Report in 2010. 
   He lives in Greenwich, Washington County, New York.
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