Onward Toward What We're Going Toward (Paperback)Ryan Bartelmay (author)
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Set over the last half of the twentieth century, Onward Toward What We're Going Toward is the epic story of the decline and fall of an American family.
Postwar newlyweds Chic and Diane Waldbeeser are determined to carve out a life for themselves and their son, Lomax, in Middleville, Illinois. But when ten-year-old Loxax dies, Chic and Diane take refuge in religion, haiku poetry, doll collecting, food and bowling as they try to make sense of their overwhelming grief and guilt.
Meanwhile Chic's older brother, Buddy, struggles to make a life with his exotic, naive wife Lijy - who is hiding a devastating secret of her own - while attempting to introduce the residents of Middleville to vegetarianism and Ayurveda. (An unusual endeavour in mid-century Middle America.)
Onward Toward What We're Going Toward is a bittersweet paean to failed lives and missed opportunities, and a deeply heartfelt and gloriously funny dissection of the American Dream.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 232 x 155 x 29 mm
Ryan Bartelmay achieves something like intimate sweep in this funny, soulful novel about love, time, and hope. -- Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts
Sharp, elegant and poignant. * Booklist *
Miscommunication reigns in Bartelmay's debut novel about the inevitable attrition of self-delusions...a wistful take on the classic American reinvention tale. * Publishers Weekly *
What a kind, warm-hearted and generous novel! Onward Toward What We're Going Toward is a splendid evocation of America's heartland and the sometimes confused, lost, desperately seeking and often comic souls that populate it. -- Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air
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