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Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

Downtown Owl

by Chuck Klosterman


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Unabridged Edition
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9 Hrs.
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Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard, and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect.

Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high-school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for 73 years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they've never met.

Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing.

Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, it's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problem. And the problem is this: what does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matters more is how you ask the question.


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Chuck Klosterman's first novel
Reviewer bex
 September 02, 2009
I love Chuck Klosterman's non-fiction. I like this book. It has its flaws, but it's a good, unsentimental portrayal of small town life. Some of the minor characters are really memorable, like one kid who seems to based on Jeffery Dahmer, and an old man named Marvin Windows who holds a position of distinction amongst his friends for having survived many close encounters with death. Klosterman's nonfiction is much better than this first attempt at fiction, but Downtown Owl shows promise.

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  • Published: September 2008
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: D029012
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