Meteors in August: A Novel by Melanie Rae Thon

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'“Every now and then a writer debuts fully equipped, writing as if he or she had been writing forever. Although this is a first novel, there is nothing here to suggest promise: Ms. Thon’s Meteors in August arrives fully realized—yes, like a meteor. She is poised, aggressively insightful, and in complete command of her people, with a style full of unexpected and brilliant moves. . . . In the wake of her story and those people who populate it, we are left breathless.” —Daniel Halpern   “Thon’s steely-eyed, sharp-shooting prose brings both urgency and spontaneity to her characters and their conflicts. . . . Thon is clearly a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly   “The evocation of a small town is superb. . . . Her treatment of difficult themes, religious extremism, racism and even rape, demonstrates her technical ability as well as her sensitivity. . . . Hugely satisfying.” —TheObserver   “A powerful drama about growing up in a world fiercer than you ever thought it would be.” —TheIndependent   “A fine first novel distinguished in its lyrical resonance . . . Narratively rich, lucidly written . . . Thon’s vision deserves witnesses.” —Ploughshares Bookshelf   “A sensitive book by a writer who takes her subject seriously without losing her sense of humor.” —The Sunday Times   “Thon does an excellent job of evoking life in Willis, Montana: its weather, morals, and tensions, its full-blown eccentricities and quirkily ordinary inhabitants. . . . [She] doesn’t soften the edges of her relationships. Their lives are authentic, their realizations painful, and their losses moving.” —The Plain Dealer   “It’s beautifully written, serious and thoughtful, yet also very funny.” —Time Out   “A tough yet elegantly written novel. Written with a refreshing and unique directness . . . a pleasure to read.” —Library Journal'
'“Every now and then a writer debuts fully equipped, writing as if he or she had been writing forever. Although this is a first novel, there is nothing here to suggest promise: Ms. Thon’s Meteors in August arrives fully realized—yes, like a meteor. She is poised, aggressively insightful, and in complete command of her people, with a style full of unexpected and brilliant moves. . . . In the wake of her story and those people who populate it, we are left breathless.” —Daniel Halpern   “Thon’s steely-eyed, sharp-shooting prose brings both urgency and spontaneity to her characters and their conflicts. . . . Thon is clearly a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly   “The evocation of a small town is superb. . . . Her treatment of difficult themes, religious extremism, racism and even rape, demonstrates her technical ability as well as her sensitivity. . . . Hugely satisfying.” —TheObserver   “A powerful drama about growing up in a world fiercer than you ever thought it would be.” —TheIndependent   “A fine first novel distinguished in its lyrical resonance . . . Narratively rich, lucidly written . . . Thon’s vision deserves witnesses.” —Ploughshares Bookshelf   “A sensitive book by a writer who takes her subject seriously without losing her sense of humor.” —The Sunday Times   “Thon does an excellent job of evoking life in Willis, Montana: its weather, morals, and tensions, its full-blown eccentricities and quirkily ordinary inhabitants. . . . [She] doesn’t soften the edges of her relationships. Their lives are authentic, their realizations painful, and their losses moving.” —The Plain Dealer   “It’s beautifully written, serious and thoughtful, yet also very funny.” —Time Out   “A tough yet elegantly written novel. Written with a refreshing and unique directness . . . a pleasure to read.” —Library Journal'
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781497684966 Pages: 275