Under the Wheat

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986 - Fiction - 157 pages
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This anthology includes the title story about a dissolving marriage and an obsessive love affair that symbolizes the uneasiness and fear resulting from missile installations in North Dakota farmland

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DeMarinis, author of five books of fiction, is this year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. In his story "The Smile of a Turtle,'' an archetypical salesman is selling a fisheye lens for a ... Read full review


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Rick Demarinis is a writer of eloquent and insightful novels and short stories about contemporary American life. The obstacles and adventures that Demarinis's characters face are enhanced by his gift for describing Americana with a deadpan humor. Demarinis's book, The Mortician's Apprentice, tells the story of an 18-year-old rebel struggling to find meaning in the Southern California of 1953. The protagonist tries to prolong his adolescence by bodysurfing, riding his motorcycle, and drinking and listening to hot bop while searching for a purpose in life beyond marrying his high school girlfriend and joining her family's funeral home business. Other books by Demarinis include the highly acclaimed Year of the Zinc Penny, Jack and Jill: Two Novellas and a Story, and The Voice of America: Stories.

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