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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim O'Brien Narrator: Jay O. Sanders Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tim O'Brien is widely acclaimed as our finest chronicler of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. In his compelling new novel, this American master returns to his signature themes (passion, memory, and yearning) in a brilliant ensemble piece. July, July tells the heart-rendering and often hilarious story of a group of men and women who came into adulthood at a moment when American ideals and innocence began to fade.

At the 30th reunion of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, 10 old friends join their classmates for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, hopes deferred and abandoned. Two best friends toast their ex-husbands with vodka and set out for a good time. A damaged war veteran opens his soul to a Republican trophy wife recovering from a radical mastectomy. An overweight mop manufacturer with a large yet failing heart reignites his passion for a hyperkinetic housewife. And whispering in the background is the elusive Johnny Ever, part cynical angel, part conscience, the cosmic soul of ages past and ages future.

Winner of the National Book Award for his classic novel Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien once again strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives. With humor and a sense of wistful hope, July, July speaks directly to our unique American character and our unique resilience.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judith | 2/12/2014

    " A thirty fifth reunion for the college class of 1969 at a small Minnesota college brings together group of former peace activists and 60s hopefuls who are now old and disillusioned and unhappy with their lives. Fast read and predictable. Sort of gloomy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jayne | 2/10/2014

    " Good--30 year college reunion. unhappy people, flashing back to 1969. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/8/2014

    " Follows several college friends at their reunion (they are in their 50s) and their back stories. Again, in O'Briend style, each story is a perfectly contained whole, yet work within the frame of all. Skimpy dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/29/2014

    " If nothing else, this book made me care about a large number of characters I don't relate to at all. The writing here is top notch, weaving a dozen back stories, love triangles and hopes for the future. The story arc of the novel was developed really well, kicking things off with a story to grab your attention (the only real O'Brien 'war' story on display), then dancing back and forth between the past and current reunion, ending on a promise of a future worth wondering about. This book will probably be dealt an unfair hand due to O'Brien's previous works, but this is an excellent character story that I could not put down. "

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About the Author
Author Tim O

Tim O’Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the acclaimed novels The Things They Carried and July, July. In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. O’Brien lives in Austin, Texas.