Mar 30, 2009

In the Noir Belt: American Rust

(NYTBR) - ... Much of the story takes place as springtime arrives in Buell, Pa., a jobless steel town short on prospects but long on bucolic vistas, where the dismantled mill is surrounded by thick forest and, Meyer writes, “little houses terraced up and down the hillsides.” Isaac English, a brainy kid who has forgone college to care for his paraplegic father, has finally summoned the courage (and stolen enough money) to skip town. He invites his friend Billy Poe, also two years out of high school, but Poe decides to stay home. He has the transmission in his Camaro to worry about, and a beer-soaked dream of playing college football. He’s also on probation for assault. Continued

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