University Boulevard

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Chipper DeHart and court jester Peachy Waterman, Jr. leave the dry-boned village of El Viento, Oklahoma, to start life anew as college freshmen and fraternity brothers.

It's 1967, and while the world is turning topsy-turvy, the twosome seeks refuge within the walls of Sigma Zeta Chi. But Peachy's bid to pledge doesn't come easy; in fact, he finagles his way into the frat house, along with the first non-white to ever pledge a college fraternity in Oklahoma, a full-blood Kickapoo ...

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University Boulevard: A Novel

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Overview

Chipper DeHart and court jester Peachy Waterman, Jr. leave the dry-boned village of El Viento, Oklahoma, to start life anew as college freshmen and fraternity brothers.

It's 1967, and while the world is turning topsy-turvy, the twosome seeks refuge within the walls of Sigma Zeta Chi. But Peachy's bid to pledge doesn't come easy; in fact, he finagles his way into the frat house, along with the first non-white to ever pledge a college fraternity in Oklahoma, a full-blood Kickapoo Indian named Larry Twohatchets. And when the pledge class seems it couldn't take on one more misfit, along comes Smokey Ray Divine, a golfing hippie that lives on the razor's edge. Amy, Audora, and Cassie are the three muskarettes who steer the boys through college life, helping to protect them from the Vietnam tentacles that keep trying to reach through the windows of the fraternity house and pull the members into the jungle. But as the fraternity men cope by building their walls thicker and thicker, they discover that the enemy comes from within. Over the course of their four college years, faith is born through the death of their dreams. The Age of Aquarius meets The Age of Apollo in this flirtation with a mystical college life on University Boulevard.

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A bright-eyed, all-American teenager leaves his Oklahoma town in 1967 to start college at the state university in this perky sequel to Flatbellies. Chipper DeHart and best friend, Peachy, pledge the Sig Zeta fraternity, while devoted sweetheart Amy and her roommates pledge the sister sorority. Against the backdrop of political and social upheaval, the story spans the gang's eight semesters, mostly through the lens of Greek life (one wonders if they attend class at all). Colorful frat pranks and roommate drama certainly entertain, though non-Greek enthusiasts will have trouble mustering passion for the minutiae of frat life. Attempts to draw parallels between the experience of American troops in Vietnam and the fraternity brotherhood flounder, as do efforts to evoke the counterculture, in the persons of mysterious Smokey Ray and free spirit Audora. Chipper is affected by the changing times, but maintains his staunch conservatism, rejecting drugs and premarital sex and embracing Christianity. The novel culminates in the all-important "Fraternity of the Year" contest, but as activity points rack up and the army draft looms, reader interest wanes. Smooth prose and occasional wit distinguish this otherwise mediocre volume with cartoonish characters and a predictable plot. (Oct.) Forecast: This should appeal most to heartland readers, as the author tour itinerary (Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kans; Kansas City, Mo.; Dallas) suggests. The novel was originally published in hardcover in 2003 by Clock Tower Press. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The college fraternity as a metaphor for life. In his sentimental, nostalgic sequel to Flatbellies (2003, not reviewed), Hollingsworth follows the college career of Oklahoma high-school golf star Chipper DeHart. Entering the University of Oklahoma in 1967, Chipper pledges Sigma Zeta Chi, drawn by its stated Christian values, and quickly rises in the frat's ranks. His less presentable friend Peach bribes his way into SZC along with his new friend Larry Twohatchet, the chapter's first Native American. All three are golfers, as is Smokey Ray Devine, a Shakespeare-spouting deep thinker who remains a loyal frat brother even as he toys with hippiedom, SDS, and hallucinatory drugs. With Vietnam and social upheavals in the background, the fraternity, under Chipper's earnest leadership, begins to modernize, but first Chipper and his friends must defeat stereotypical frat bad boys who represent prejudice and narrow-mindedness. Chipper's shallow niceness becomes grating after a while, but his superachieving girlfriend Amy is just as annoying in her perfection: the perfectly coifed sorority sister and sweetheart of SZC, she is also working her way through college in premed, hosting Gloria Steinam at the behest of her women's studies professor, and founding a women's golf team. Chipper inadvertently has a bad drug experience, listens to a lot of Three Dog Night, worries about fighting in Vietnam (if not the moral implications), and leads his fraternity to win various campus competitions. Robert Kennedy is assassinated, a black pledge is blackballed (Chipper disagrees but doesn't quit), and a crazed Jesus freak burns down the frat house. Still, the fraternity's spirit never breaks. By the time theymeet again, 15 years after graduation at the funeral of their pledge class guide, who has died of AIDS, Chipper and his friends have married their college sweethearts and found success in worthwhile careers. Well-meaning but clueless (like its hero) and-unless you're fascinated by arcane details of frat life-interminable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324211
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. Hollingsworth is a surgeon in Oklahoma City. He is currently at work on his next novel.

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