Gob's Grief

Gob's Grief

by Chris Adrian
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Gob's Grief by Chris Adrian

In the summer of 1863, Gob and Tomo Woodhull, eleven-year-old twin sons of Victoria Woodhull, agree to together forsake their home and family in Licking County, Ohio, for the glories of the Union Army. But on the night of their departure for the war, Gob suffers a change of heart, and Tomo is forced to leave his brother behind. Tomo falls in as a bugler with the Ninth Ohio Volunteers and briefly revels in camp life; but when he is shot clean through the eye in his very first battle, Gob is left to endure the guilt and grief that will later come to fuel his obsession with building a vast machine that will bring Tomo–indeed, all the Civil War dead–back to life.
Epic in scope yet emotionally intimate, Gob’s Grief creates a world both fantastic and familiar and populates it with characters who breath on the page, capturing the spirit of a fevered nation populated with lost brothers and lost souls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375726248
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2002
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 872,801
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Chris Adrian’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Story and in Best American Short Stories. Currently a medical student, he lives in San Francisco.

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Gob's Grief 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The nod to Best Book of the Year has certainly peaked early with the release of Chris Adrian's 'Gob's Grief'. Far too few contemporary tomes manage to balance the World of Ideas a la Saul Bellow and gripping drama as beautifully as Adrian does. His prose is consistantly poetic, inspired and enchanting, transporting the reader into Civil War-torn America with complete ease. 'Gob's Grief' soars, transforms and, ultimately, helps heal the mortal wounds that are part of being all too human. Stunning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does the magic of this book mesmerize the reader, but recognition of such famous Americans as Lincoln (whose top hat seems to empower the title character) and Walt Whitman--and the intertwining of their lives--creates a delightful and moving historical narrative. Symbols are frequent but carefully chosen (Gob=God; look out for the son and Holy Ghost, too) and well-placed. Though I was initially skeptical of the sheer magic employed, Adrian never disappoints. I loved this book. Email me if you can explain the varying justification of the lines--they alternate between chapters and I haven't yet figured out why.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I'm not a big fan of most 'experimental fiction', I couldn't put Gob's Grief down. Not only was the writing really beautiful, but Adrian articulated so much about grief that I never thought could be put into words until I read this book. It is written with stunning honesty. In fact, I finally understand what people mean when they say that sometimes you need the fantastic to explain the true.
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