World Still Melting

World Still Melting

by Robley Wilson

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ISBN-13: 9780312336790
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robley Wilson has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Nicholl Fellow in Screenwriting and is the author of many works, including the novel Splendid Omens and the story collection Terrible Kisses, a New York Times Notable Book. He is the only writer to have won both major literary prizes offered by the University of Pittsburgh Press. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, and many other publications. For thirty-one years he edited the North American Review, and he now lives in Florida with his wife, fiction writer Susan Hubbard.

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World Still Melting 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mbergman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An unrelentingly gloomy story about two couples who live on farms near Waterloo, Iowa. They deal with a series of personal crises, a la Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, though this is not as powerful.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1980s Iowa farm country, Harvey and Nancy Riker, Burton Stone, and Paul and Arlene Tobler are neighbors. Harvey abuses Nancy who finds first solace and then love with former Nam veteran Burton. When Harvey learns of their affair, he gets a gun to kill Burton, but instead murders Paul for being a Good Samaritan by trying to stop the violence before it happens. While the grieving widow Arlene returns to her family in South Dakota, Harvey goes to prison and Nancy and Burton marry.--- When vagrants use the vacated Tobler home as a shelter, Burton becomes upset feeling these break-ins is blasphemy and a reminder of the cost to his friends of his happiness. He fixes a shotgun to the door so when someone opens the weapon fires at them to scare them away. Arlene¿s adult son Peter opens the booby trapped door only to take a shot into his knee, shattering the joint. With Harvey cheerleading Peter on, he sues Burton.--- THE WORLD STILL MELTING looks closely at the relationships between farmers and the land and between the farm families. The story line is a combination of a soap opera with the Grapes of Wrath battle against nature, the government and the bank. When the tale stays with farmer vs. the environment (natural and man-made), Robley Wilson cleverly uses the past to provides a well written SPLENDID OMEN of what could reoccur in the future. However, when the plot concentrates on the dysfunctional relationships, readers ask why soap up the farm.--- Harriet Klausner