Set in a beautiful but dying Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation that arises from its loss. It is the story of two young men bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia and the beauty around them who dream of a future beyond... show more
Set in a beautiful but dying Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation that arises from its loss. It is the story of two young men bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia and the beauty around them who dream of a future beyond the factories, abandoned homes, and the polluted river. Isaac is the smartest kid in town, left behind to care for his sick father after his mother commits suicide and his sister Lee moves away. Now Isaac wants out too. Not even his best friend, Billy Poe, can stand in his way: broad-shouldered Billy, always ready for a fight, still living in his mother's trailer. Then, on the very day of Isaac's leaving, something happens that changes the friends' fates and tests the loyalties of their friendship and those of their lovers, families, and the town itself. Evoking John Steinbeck's novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust is an extraordinarily moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendance, and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.
Publish date: February 24th 2009
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
I finished reading 'American Rust' just before the talking heads starting talking about the 'rust belt' and talking and talking and talking.There are places in America that have been forgotten, thousands of towns that have lost the industry that was once at their heart - mills and factories went dar...
Gritty look at the people left behind when the steel mills closed in Western Pennsylvania. I liked how the story is broken up into the main characters with each telling their story or their version. Each is flawed but each has a streak of honor in them I particularly looked forward to Harris' and Gr...
I was struggling with rating this book - as it reminds me of John Steinbeck's work.The writing was confusing at first, but I learned to appreciate the way Meyer writes.3.5 stars rounded down.
Immer wenn ich in den Kritiken oder am Cover vom grossen amerikanischen Roman lese, bin ich sofort auf der Hut, denn meistens bedeutet dies ewig episch breites Herumgefasel sprachlich gut präsentiert und eine mittelmässige total langweilige amerikanische Mittelschicht mit aufgebauschten Durchschnitt...
American Rust is one of the most disappointing books I’ve read this year. I carried it around many a bookshop, changing my mind about buying it at the last minute, keeping it in the back of mind as something I’d save up. I’ve read glowing reviews of the ‘Meyer is the new Steinbeck’ type (though any ...