The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A family romance set in the 1970s follows the Hoods as they skid out of control in suburban Connecticut and as Watergate unfolds and troops head home from Vietnam. By the author of Garden State. 22,500 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
The familiar suburban landscape of Updike, Cheever, and Irving gets dazzlingly reinvented in this audacious and funny novel.
It's the weekend after Thanksgiving 1973 in the suburbs. American troops are leaving Vietnam. The Beatles are recording solo albums. Pet Rocks are on the drawing board.
And the Hoods are skidding out of control.
Benjamin Hood is reeling from drink to drink, trying to bed his new mistress - who seems oddly uninterested - and trying not to think about his failures at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self-help books and losing patience with her husband's clumsy lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holiday, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring the liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new.
Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century, and things really get bad.
The Ice Storm explores what it was like to be part of a family at a time when all of American culture seemed to be in prolonged adolescence, when the music was bad, the psychology was astral, everybody had shag carpet, and it seemed the best a family could do was to fall apart gracefully. By turns acerbic, hilarious, and lacerating, this is a novel with edge and heart, a chronicle to be savored by everyone who survived the '70s or the suburbs.

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& Taylor

A family romance set in the 1970s follows the Hoods as they skid out of control in suburban Connecticut while Watergate unfolds and troops head home from Vietnam

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316579216
0316579211
Branch Call Number: MOO
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 22 cm.

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