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I teach English and I will be teaching this book alongside Grapes of Wrath--in the same way Grapes of Wrath dramatized the plight of the dispossessed in the 1930's, American Rust describes the plight of people in the 2000's, who, due to social forces much greater than themselves, have been unable to get a break in the modern age. It's an intense book, difficult to read at times because of its intensity, but like G.O.W., it ends on a triumphant note--characters who are able to dig deep inside themselves and give the last bit for the people who matter to them. Highly recommended.  

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Ki Publishing have linked the review from NPR New York, early March 2009. This review is how we learnt about the book.
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