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Onward Toward What We're Going Toward - Ryan Bartelmay
Onward Toward What We're Going Toward
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Set over the last half of the twentieth century, Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward is the epic story of the decline and fall of an American family. Postwar newlyweds Chic and Diane Waldbeeser are determined to carve out a life for themselves and their son, Lomax, in Middleville, Illinois,... show more
Set over the last half of the twentieth century, Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward is the epic story of the decline and fall of an American family.

Postwar newlyweds Chic and Diane Waldbeeser are determined to carve out a life for themselves and their son, Lomax, in Middleville, Illinois, but when ten-year old Lomax dies, Chic and Diane take refuge in religion, haiku poetry, doll collecting, food, and bowling as they try to make sense of their overwhelming grief and guilt. Paralleling their story is that of Chic’s older brother Buddy. Haunted by the suicide of his father, Buddy struggles to make a life with his exotic, naïve wife, Lijy—who is hiding a devastating secret of her own—while attempting to introduce the residents of Middleville to vegetarianism and Ayurveda massage, an unusual endeavor in midcentury Middle America. Coming headlong out of Las Vegas in the 1990s and bound for Peoria, Illinois, are Green Geneseo, a retired, widowed bank teller, and Mary Norwood, an aging pool hustler, looking for one last swing at the American Dream. The couple sideswipes the life of the now aged and widowed Chic, offering him one last chance to right a life that has been filled with sadness and tragedy.

Ryan Bartelmay received his MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. His stories and essays have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, Phoebe: A Journal of Arts and Letters, The Believer, and Time Out Chicago. He won the Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers hosted by Boulevard. He is currently the dean of general education at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781472115348
Publisher: Corsair
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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It's a Mad Mad World
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3.0 Onward Toward What We're Going Toward
I'm kind of amazed that I in the end gave this book a 3 star rating because there were times when I thought that the book was a bit boring to read, mostly because sometimes I just couldn't see a point to the story really and also that I just couldn't really like the characters, well except Lomax, bu...
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Publication Date: 5th March from Corsair/Little Brown Source: Publisher review copy Set over the last half of the twentieth century, Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward is the epic story of the decline and fall of an American family. Postwar newlyweds Chic and Diane Waldbeeser are determined ...
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