Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss. From local bars to trainyards to prison, it is the story of two young men,... show more
Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss. From local bars to trainyards to prison, 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 and abandoned homes.Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.Evoking John Steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust takes us into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future. It is a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.Newsweek's list of "Best. Books. Ever"Amazon Top 100 book of 2009A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2009A New York Times Notable Book of 2009An Economist Best Book of 2009A Kansas City Star Top 100 book of 2009Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Best Books of 2009Idaho Statesman's Best Books of 2009
Publish date: 2010
Publisher: Spiegal & Grau
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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 ...
There are places in this country that have been permanently changed by the recession - not the current one, or the tech-bubble one, but the one from about thirty years ago. That was when the heavy manufacturing that had been the source of American economic strength for so long began to crumble. Jobs...