Dawes Williams is not just an ordinary boy growing up in the culture-void Iowa corn country. He is a little bit of a poet, a little bit of a genius -- and a little bit mad. At six he already understands more about life than the tough grandfather whom he idolizes. At eighteen he has been irrevocably labeled as the town eccentric, although he manages to stave off his bizarre inclinations and to make it, more or less, as one of the guys. But at twenty-one his threatening dark impulses start to surge to the surface and his battle for sanity and survival begins in earnest.
Although the entire novel spans three decades, it is essentially centered on the experience of growing up on the midwestern prairies in the fifties, and it captures with breathtaking artistry a feeling for the land, for the people, and for the myth of that era.
Original title: The Stones of Summer
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction