Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges
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Ocean in Iowa
By Peter Hedges

An Ocean in Iowa

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Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges

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Scotty Ocean is turning seven years old, and he has announced earlier in his life that seven is going to be his year. It does turn out to be his year, but not the year he imagined. It is the year his mother leaves the family. At first, Scotty does astonishing things to get her to return. When he comes to believe she won't be moving back, he tries to replace her. Ultimately, he decides he must take drastic action to remain forever seven. Hedges brings to vivid life the unforgettable Ocean family: Scotty and his two older sisters; their father, at once stern and loyal; and their mother, Joan, a character of heartbreaking complexity. An Ocean in Iowa is a timeless book about the delicate balance of families. Beautifully crafted and constantly surprising, it explores the fragile contracts between parents and children, and what it really means to grow up.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684859705
ISBN-10: 068485970X
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 16mm)
Pages: 247
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape? by Peter Hedges What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Paperback (November 1999)

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Author Biography - Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges, the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

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