The Sterile Cuckoo

The Sterile Cuckoo

by John Nichols

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Overview

“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

Reynolds Price

Comic and touching and true.

New York Times

[Nichols’s] art is impressive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393348491
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 726,440
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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