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Includes the name: Tom Spanbauer

Works by Tom Spanbauer

Now Is the Hour (2007) 242 copies
In the City of Shy Hunters (2001) 202 copies
Faraway Places (1988) 96 copies
I Loved You More (2014) 76 copies
Lugares remotos (1993) 3 copies
YO TE QUISE MAS (2015) 2 copies

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Stuttery vibe I wanted my book to have. Like the pacing, the gaps between scenes. Sometimes things can be unbelievable
 
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sammyB666 | 16 other reviews | Dec 10, 2023 |
This book has some wonderful prose. I really enjoyed it, despite flaws that other reviewers have mentioned. I can recommend it based on the language alone. Warning! This book contains graphic content and language, and is definitely NOT for children.
 
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dogboi | 16 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
Nup, didn't get it. Maybe I'll try again one day, but I think I'll read something else by Tom Spanbauer and see if I can relate more to that.
 
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robfwalter | 3 other reviews | Jul 31, 2023 |
Rigby John Klusener is seventeen years old and in 1967 (the same year that I graduated from High School) he is leaving his home and family in Pocatello, Idaho, and is hitching a ride with his thumb out and a flower behind his ear, headed for San Francisco. His background story is the core of this well-wrought novel.
Rigby John Klusener grows up obeying his repressed, work-weary parents on the family farm in Pocatello, Idaho, like a good Catholic boy should, but it doesn't seem to help. His depressing father barely acknowledges him. And his mother alternates between enjoying Rigby's upbeat demeanor—he dresses up with his older sister—and assuring him that he's going to hell.

At school, things aren't much better: he is regularly beaten up, and the word "queer" is sneered at him long before he understands what it means. When puberty arrives, bringing with it chronic tumescence, life becomes even more difficult: His mother catches him in a private moment of "self abuse" and drives Rigby down the highway at 80 miles per hour to confession. Rigby's father, a raging bigot, threatens him with his belt if he befriends anyone outside of their church.
Billie Cody, a large-breasted sophomore with a gimlet eye for false piety, walks into this desolation. They smoke marijuana, listen to the radio in the car, kiss briefly, but mostly they talk about literature, hypocrisy, and the future. Everyone assumes Rigby is the father when Billie finds sexual fulfillment elsewhere and becomes pregnant. Rigby's mother stalks her defiant son with a broom handle, Billie's drunken father wants Rigby's hide, and he faces his former bully on prom night. Only George Serano, a notorious local brimming with his Indian tribe's spiritual wisdom and a fiery passion, can help Rigby find his personal path out of town.
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