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Rocket Man
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The Catcher in the Rye for the Great Recession generation, Rocket Man is a hilarious satire of life today, a time when middle class America is holding on by its fingernails to the increasingly elusive 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.
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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 has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway's Attic.

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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 rollicking story of a writer whose piece of the American Dream falls apart." -Chicago Tribune "This critically insightful diatribe against conformity is recommended." -Library Journal "William Elliott Hazelgrove's Rocket Man is a brilliant piece of writing, a work that meticulously dissects contemporary life in America with such a keen eye that the author is able to catch at least passing glances at us all." -Grady Harp, Top Amazon Reviewer ""The rollicking story of a writer whose piece of the American Dream falls apart. "Chicago Tribune"" ""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 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" "This critically insightful diatribe against conformity is recommended" - Library Journal "The rollicking story of a writer whose piece of the American Dream falls apart." "Chicago Tribune" "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"

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