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The Wages of Sin is Hell This is Goodnight a place so ingrown and provincial that Randall calls it Sludgeville until he starts thinking of it as home In this pitch perfect novel Tom McNeal explores the currents of hope passion and cruelty beneath the surface. About halfway through this book McNeal describes a pivotal moment in a high school football game His description takes a dozen pages and includes several points of view If it were a scene in a movie it would be in super slow motion In many books this would be obnoxious or trite McNeal pulls it off This isn t the kind of story that I would normally read and I certainly didn t enjoy this as much as To Be Sung Underwater but McNeal is phenomenally gifted at constructing powerful sentences and forcing his readers to feel for even some very unlikable characters Imagimorphia read and I certainly didn t enjoy this as much as To Be Sung Underwater but McNeal is phenomenally gifted at constructing powerful sentences and forcing his The Book of Beginnings readers to feel for even some very unlikable characters

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Goodnight Nebraska

At the age of 17 Randall Hunsacker shoots his mother's boyfriend steals a car and comes close to killing himself His second chance lies in a small Nebraska farm town where the landmarks include McKibben's Mobil Station Frmka's Superette and a sign that says. I was in sudden need of a book on a recent trip to Lawrence Kansas so I went into The Dusty Bookshelf used book store I looked around a bit then found Goodnight Nebraska It ended up being amazingI won t deny that maybe part of why I loved it was that it was one of the few times that I just picked up a book without knowing anything about it or reading a bunch of reviews first I m kind of a review junky I enjoyed the serendipity of this choice and maybe that played into my feelingsThat said I thought it was a great book full of truths about love and life I kept preparing to be disappointed at the next plot twist and I never was It had me enthralled from beginning to end Hell I even felt like some of the truths in there made me think about things that then made me a better person and husband Good stuff The Big Golden Book of Poetry recent trip to Lawrence Kansas so I went into The Dusty Bookshelf used book store I looked around a bit then found Goodnight Nebraska It ended up being amazingI won t deny that maybe part of why I loved it was that it was one of the few times that I just picked up a book without knowing anything about it or Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, reviews first I m kind of a

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Of the American heartland In  Randall McNeal creates an outcast whose redemption lies in Goodnight a strange small but ultimately embracing community where Randall will inspire fear and adulation win the love of a beautiful girl and nearly throw it all aw. As a rural Nebraskan myself I am familiar with the setting of this book and this was reason enough for me to read it I didn t identify with the characters as a matter of fact I disliked most of them but the author did elicit this emotion from me that perhaps he was trying for The only character I could identify with in my experience in small town Nebraska was the farmerfather of the girl he was bright honest and happy similar to those I worked for as a teenager Nearly all the characters were tragic and I was angry with them can t they think at all These are not the people I knowThe book itself was well written and the main characters were well developed though slowly McNeal kept me wanting to read to find out if anyone ever makes a good decision Although I don t believe this is a good representation of the rural Nebraska I know these people do exist so there was a sense of realism It was depressing in much the same way as The Last Picture Show as I recall from when I read it decades agoI cannot recommend this book to my neighbors or students just because it is set in Nebraska but I did enjoy reading it just not for the reasons I thought I would


10 thoughts on “Goodnight Nebraska

  1. says:

    Stunning I would put this book in my top 5 easily Why Tom McNeal stopped writing is a mystery but it's also a tragedy A deeply moving look at the lives of simple people who are caught between needing and wanting exactly what they have This is a gorgeous book in its language in its development in its characters which rise b

  2. says:

    Can Tom McNeal write anything that doesn’t take your breath away? I’m beginning to think notMcNeal is reminiscent of both Faulkner and Steinbeck in that he combines accounts of terrible evil all the horrifying because often aleatory with glimmering moments of glad grace both delivered in spare but elegant prose Yet u

  3. says:

    I was in sudden need of a book on a recent trip to Lawrence Kansas so I went into The Dusty Bookshelf used book store I looked around a bit then found Goodnight Nebraska It ended up being amazingI won't deny that maybe part of why I loved it was that it was one of the few times that I just picked up a book without knowing anything

  4. says:

    I toyed with the idea of calling my review Good Riddance Nebraska but that seemed a little harsh The story wasn't all bad but I felt a little deceived by the summary on the back cover From what I read I expected a story about a boy learning to be a man while dealing with some unusual and sometimes overwhelming challenges

  5. says:

    About halfway through this book McNeal describes a pivotal moment in a high school football game His description takes a dozen pages and includes several points of view If it were a scene in a movie it would be in super slow motion In many books this would be obnoxious or trite McNeal pulls it off This isn't the kind of story that I would normally read and I certainly didn't enjoy this as much as To Be Sung Underwater but McNeal is pheno

  6. says:

    I was introduced to Tom McNeal just a couple weeks ago by the 2013 YA title Far Far Away which had one of the most absorbing first 50 pages of any novel I've read Lofty ambitious story telling gorgeous prose all very appealing and accessible Winners of the Best First 50 Pages Award almost always slide downhill though sometimes uite dramatically and indeed Far Far Away ultimately wins the Just a Good Book Nothing More Award But it made me

  7. says:

    I'm not sure exactly what I expected from Goodnight Nebraska McNeal's debut novel but it did deliver In some ways it is ano

  8. says:

    As a rural Nebraskan myself I am familiar with the setting of this book and this was reason enough for me to read it I didn't identify with the characters as a matter of fact I disliked most of them but the author did elicit this emotion from me that perhaps he was trying for The only character I could identify with in my experie

  9. says:

    I started reading Goodnight Nebraska because I thought it was a sports novel It turned out to be anything but It is a story about life forgiveness infidelity and love This novel made me think about happiness According to a minor character Dixie we are responsible for our own happiness One of the most interesting characters in the novel is Lewis Lockhardt a farmer who married a woman 20 years younger than he

  10. says:

    Wow Wow Wow What a book This richly woven tale of lives young old and middle aged in a small Nebraska town is really the story of humanity It is a story of love and hate and the small line that sometimes separates the two It is a story of family and community It is the story of good and evil The plot is engaging and never tiring Most important the characters are fully developed three dimensional people so believable you wonder

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