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By Dow Mossman

Initially released to gleaming reports in 1972, Dow Mossman's first and in basic terms novel is a sweeping coming-of-age story that spans 3 a long time within the lifetime of irrepressible Nineteen Fifties youngster Dawes Williams. incomes its writer comparisons to at the least James Joyce, J. D. Salinger, and Mark Twain, this nice American novel built a passionate cult following -- whilst it went out of print for greater than twenty years -- and lately encouraged Mark Moskowitz's award-winning movie Stone Reader.

Dawes Williams is not only a normal boy becoming up within the culture-void Iowa corn kingdom. he's a bit of of a poet, somewhat of a genius -- and a bit mad. At six he already is familiar with extra approximately lifestyles than the cruel grandfather whom he idolizes. At eighteen he has been irrevocably categorised because the city eccentric, even if he manages to stave off his strange tendencies and to make it, kind of, as one of many men. yet at twenty-one his threatening darkish impulses begin to surge to the skin and his conflict for sanity and survival starts in earnest.

Dow Mossman is a type of infrequent writers whose prose reads like poetry and whose photographs electrify even the main jaded reader. His novel achieves the mixing of numerous genres; it's whilst romantic, lyric, and nearby within the most interesting experience of the phrases. even if the complete novel spans 3 a long time, it really is primarily based at the event of growing to be up at the midwestern prairies within the fifties, and it captures with breathtaking artistry a sense for the land, for the folks, and for the parable of that era.

Mossman's presents as a author are remarkable, and those that can suffer the sweetness and the ache of The Stones of Summer should be surprised, for it unearths the very soul of an artist.

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