What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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Pocket Books, 1994 - Fiction - 335 pages
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Gilbert Grape--a resident of provincial Endora, Iowa--endures the eccentricities of his family and neighbors--including his mother, who is eating herself to death; his Elvis-fanatic sister; his retarded brother; and his married lover. Reprint. Movie tie-in.

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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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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1994)

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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