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“The funniest serious novel since Richard Russo’s Straight Man, rich with the epic levity of John Irving and salted with the perversion of Updike.”
—Chicago Sun Times
The Catcher in the Rye for the Great Recession generation, Rocket Man is a satire of life today, a time when middle class America is holding on by its fingernails to the increasingly elusive American Dream.
Rocket Man is a very funny and poignant comment on our times, when an upside down middle class is barely hanging onto the American dream. Dale Hammer is a man who is determined to find meaning in a landscape of suburban homogeneity, looking for the moment he had with his own father when they blasted off a rocket on a wintery evening. He feels his son slipping away as he tries to get around “the silent shame of fathers and sons.” He becomes the Rocket Man for his sons scout troop. When Rocket Day comes, Dale is determined to give his son more than his father gave him.
Rocket Man launches May of 2013
“The rollicking story of a writer whose piece of the American Dream falls apart.”
William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best selling author of three novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks and Mica Highways. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors.net. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic.
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