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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Dexter Narrator: Tom Stechschult Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Warren Spooner was born after a prolonged delivery in a makeshift delivery room in a doctor’s office in Milledgeville, Georgia, on the first Saturday of December, 1956. His father died shortly afterward, long before Spooner had even a memory of his face, and was replaced eventually by a once-brilliant young naval officer, Calmer Ottosson, recently court-martialed out of service.

This is the story of the lifelong tie between the two men, poles apart, of Spooner’s troubled childhood, troubled adolescence, violent and troubled adulthood and Calmer Ottosson's inexhaustible patience, undertaking a life-long struggle to salvage his step-son, a man he will never understand.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Genuinely touching…Dexter’s journalistic eye for tellingly instructive detail, particularly as it evokes character, still is second to none.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The novel’s premise—that life is one big vale of tears and that writing about it wittily and exuberantly is the best one can do…pays off in spades for Dexter and his tragically conflicted alter ego.” Publishers Weekly
  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2009 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by mgd | 2/13/2014

    " I was sorely disappointed in this book. It has Southern gothic funny moments, but reads like a very elaborate and rambling memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele | 1/30/2014

    " Not quite as good as Paris Trout. Truthfully, it's a little odd. Odd in a hard-to-see-where-it's-going way, not odd in a good way "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wyma | 1/26/2014

    " I really liked this book for quite a while, but became very tired of the antihero, Spooner. About halfway through he seemed to definitely be going nowhere, and I put this book down for good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marci Calabretta | 1/15/2014

    " This epic spans the relationship betwee Warren Whitlowe Spooner and his stepfather, Calmer Ottosson. A fantastic novel touching the styles of John Updike and Ernest Hemingway. "

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