Brewster: A Novel

Brewster: A Novel

by Mark Slouka
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Brewster: A Novel by Mark Slouka

"Intense and elegiac…devastatingly agile." —New York Times Book ReviewThe year is 1968. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother’s childhood death and stuck in the dead-end town of Brewster, New York, he turns his rage into victories running track. Meanwhile, Ray Cappicciano, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive, ex-cop father. When Jon and Ray form a tight friendship, they find in each other everything they lack at home, but it’s not until Ray falls in love with beautiful, headstrong Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price. As forces beyond their control begin to bear down on them, Jon sets off on the race of his life—a race to redeem his past and save them all.Mark Slouka's work has been called "relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive" (New York Times Book Review). Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is an unforgettable coming-of-age story from one of our most compelling novelists.A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013
A Barron’s Favorite Book of the Year, selected by Daniel Woodrell
A Booklist Best Adult Books for Young Adults Editor’s Choice 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393348835
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 813,033
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Slouka’s most recent books are the story collection All That Is Left Is All That Matters, the memoir Nobody’s Son, and the award-winning novel Brewster. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and the PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Prague.

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Brewster: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished BREWSTER by Mark Slouka. First time in my life - ever - that I sat straight up while reading and gasped, "Oh my God!" I also cried - a first for a novel. It's so well written - I was getting up in the middle of the night to keep reading it. Truly loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brewster is a beautiful, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel about the friendship between two teenage boys, Jon and Ray, each enduring tragically difficult circumstances in their respective homes until they can escape. Whether they will, and whether Jon will realize the truth of Ray's situation, makes for a suspenseful narrative that unfolds at a deft pace in taut, graceful, and powerful prose. The reader knows he's hurtling to a painful finish, but he can't imagine what it will look like. Jon is a long-distance runner on the school track team and his running, his races, serve as an allegory for the other races the characters are running for their lives. The percolating and sometimes explosive anger and confusion of the late 1960s is perfectly evoked, as are the rhythms and cadence of the speech of teen boys, similarly angry and confused. Because it is primarily about male characters, and narrated by one as well, it is a book that would be appealing to male readers searching for good contemporary fiction. There isn't a single thing in this novel that rings false. Even though it *will* break the reader's heart, it's wonderful reading.
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I believe this book is for sophisticated adults and i did not understand a thing going on which makes every one figure out i am only a fifteen year old teen. The book i have to admit has a very plot through so congratelations to the writter
bridgan More than 1 year ago
I was very interested in this book because of the wasn't as good as it should have been. Somehow I wanted a better ending.....
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kmm More than 1 year ago
This is just too expensive for a 288 page novel!