Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
Arty Parkinson, the protagonist of this fine first novel, returns one Christmas to his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, to confront his haunting past-specifically, the winter of 1974, when he turned 15 and two terrible things happened: his family fell apart, and Annie Marchand, the young neighbor who had once been his baby-sitter, was murdered.
There was a movie released based on the novel but its location was changed, and filmed in Canada, I think.
Correct! Halifax, Canada.
A read I would describe as befitting the setting chosen by O'Nan...gloomy and never quite delivering anything of substance or character.
sounds like Butler alright
Stewart O'Nan writes about people scratching out a living in the America that most of us live in--not the America that we see on TV sitcoms. I'm glad he doesn't write fantasy.
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