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In the summer of 1965, teenager Paul Sutton, a northern Minnesota farm boy, takes a job at a gas station in town, where his strict religious upbringing is challenged by new people and experiences. The times they are a-changin.' The summer that Paul turns sixteen his mother pushes him to take a job in town instead of just working on the family farm. You need to meet the public, she says, which is saying a lot for a woman deeply committed to the tightly knit religious community to which they belong. And meet the public Paul does: He meets Kirk, the angry gas station manager; Harry, a reclusive and kindly gangster; and a family of hippies passing in a yellow peace van to San Francisco. He also meets beautiful Peggy, a high school sensation, and dark-haired Dale, her on the- side boyfriend who is headed to Vietnam. All of them come to the station - as well as girls on summer vacation, tanned and smelling of coconut oil, and ministers from Paul's fundamentalist church, who are worried about his soul. As the summer progresses, Paul learns the secrets of his small Minnesota town and discovers that he's ready to have a few secrets of his own. With richly developed characters and a flair for arresting imagery, Will Weaver tells the story of the end of one boy's innocence, unfolding at a time when the country as a whole is undergoing a difficult, deeply disturbing coming-of-age.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374324858
0374324859
0374324589
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jan 24, 2012

Loved this book! Have had it on my "to-read" list for ages, and picked up over the weekend. I enjoy teen fiction as an adult - the selection is so much more varied and interesting than when I was a teen. This book is poignant, humorous, and down-to-earth. The main character is likeable, and very human. You can relate to him and his foibles!

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