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Downtown Owl: A Novel Chuck Klosterman

Downtown Owl: A Novel

Chuck Klosterman

Published September 16th 2008
Kindle Edition
275 pages
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 About the Book 

New York Times Bestselling Author Chuck Kostermans First NovelSomewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isnt there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They dont have cable. They dont really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But thats not nearly as awful as it sounds- in fact, sometimes its perfect.Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that theyve never met.Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klostermans Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing. Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, its technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time ... but its really about a problem. And the problem is this: What does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl what matters more is how you ask the question.