What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

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Poseidon Press, 1991 - Fiction - 335 pages
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What's eating Gilbert Grape is just about everything and everybody--his mothere, who has been eating herself to death since his father's suicide; his Elvis-fanatic sister who is following her example; his little sister Ellen, the town beauty; and his brother Armie, the town retard. A heartwarming, exhilarating debut novel by a very gifted young writer.

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“You can tell the idyllic nature of a family by the upkeep of its picnic table. Ours is its own indictment. We are splintering and peeling. We rot.” – Gilbert Grape Before Jonathan Safran Foer was the ... Read full review

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Gilbert is 24, living in a dying middle-america town with a huge nearly-immobile mother as well as a depressing array of family members and friends around him. A fascinating story of Gilbert coming to terms with his life. Read full review

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Peter Simpson Hedges was born July 6, 1962 in Des Moines Iowa. He attended North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied drama. His novel What's Eating Gilbert Grape was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie of the same title, which launched his film career. In 2002, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for About a Boy. In the same year, he wrote and directed Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes. In 2007, he co-wrote and directed Dan in Real Life. He wrote and directed The Odd Life of Timothy Green in 2012. His plays include: Imaging Brad, Baby Anger, Teddy by the Sea, and Good as New. His other novels include An Ocean in Iowa and The Heights.

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