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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (29 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671038540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671038540
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Harry Crews

"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a story that outruns the covers of the book in which it is contained. Once you read this story, it will be with you forever -- this place amd these people will live in your heart and in the blood it pumps. I am utterly dumbfounded when a first novel of this quality comes along. I send Peter Hedges the ultimate compliment one writer can send another: I'll surely read the next thing you write.



"The Atlantic"

Sometimes funny, sometimes sad...and always engaging.



"Washington Post Book World"

Hedges writes with energy and wit...charged with sardonic intelligence.



"Philadelphia Inquirer"

Touching....By the book's exhilaratingly luminous ending...we have already been mesmerized.



"The New York Times"

Completely original...a novel that reads like...a collaboration between Nathanael West and Garrison Keillor, or David Lynch and Grandma Moses.



"Publishers Weekly"

Wonderfully entertaining and amusing...goes down like a chocolate milkshake but boasts the sharpness and finesse of a complex wine....Like John Updike, Hedges invests an antihero's ordinary provincial life with theamatic meaning....



"Publishers Weekly"

Hedges' ostensibly country-bumpkin-style tale sparkles with sophisticated literary devices and psychological insight....The colloquial narrative voice, dialogue, colorful cast of characters...are conveyed with appealing credibility....Hedges leaves readers demanding a sequel.



"Philadelphia Inquirer"

A picture of tragedy painted in humor...Gilbert Grape is one of the breed of male narrators whose sweet, wry, endearing voices invest every failing with humor and every ordinary moment with a measure of worried perplexity bordering on awe....Gilbert's sexuality is subtly and tenderly evoked....[Hedges has fashioned] a world at once vast and finite....



"The New York Times"

Hedges' writing possesses a sincerity that directly engages the reader's sympathies. The result is a narrative that is alternately sad, funny and gruesome, a narrative that uses the story of this one unfortunate family to create a portrait of small town life that's frequently as affecting as Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," as disturbing and darkly surreal as Nathanael West's "Dream Life of Balso Snell." At once the story of one young man's coming of age, and an elegy for those outsiders and misfits who find themselves sidetracked from the American Dream, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" stands as a most auspicious debut.



"Cedar Rapids Gazette"

Terrific...wonderfully entertaining...a literary delight....There's a bit of John Updike's "Rabbit" trilogy in this charming narrative, just as there are traces of Richard Brautigan's "In Watermelon Sugar." But mostly there's Peter Hedges, who grabs the reader early on with this tale....The pace of the narrative sweeps the reader along to a most compelling and poignant conclusion....Nuggets pop off the page with regularity and make this story come alive...."What's Eating Gilbert Grape" has the feel of simplicity, but you know you're reading something complex and artistically crafted. The book has the air of whimsy, but will grab you with fierce credibility. Hedges is a young author to be reckoned with.



"Washington Post Book World"

Hedges writes with energy and wit...charged with sardonic intelligence.



"Publishers Weekly"

Hedges' ostensibly country-bumpkin-style tale sparkles with sophisticated literary devices and psychological insight....The colloquial narrative voice, dialogue, colorful cast of characters...are conveyed with appealing credibility....Hedges leaves readers demanding a sequel.



"Philadelphia Inquirer"

A picture of tragedy painted in humor...Gilbert Grape is one of the breed of male narrators whose sweet, wry, endearing voices invest every failing with humor and every ordinary moment with a measure of worried perplexity bordering on awe....Gilbert's sexuality is subtly and tenderly evoked....[Hedges has fashioned] a world at once vast and finite....



"The New York Times"

Hedges' writing possesses a sincerity that directly engages the reader's sympathies. The result is a narrative that is alternately sad, funny and gruesome, a narrative that uses the story of this one unfortunate family to create a portrait of small town life that's frequently as affecting as Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio, " as disturbing and darkly surreal as Nathanael West's "Dream Life of Balso Snell." At once the story of one young man's coming of age, and an elegy for those outsiders and misfits who find themselves sidetracked from the American Dream, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" stands as a most auspicious debut.



"Cedar Rapids Gazette"

Terrific...wonderfully entertaining...a literary delight....There's a bit of John Updike's "Rabbit" trilogy in this charming narrative, just as there are traces of Richard Brautigan's "In Watermelon Sugar." But mostly there's Peter Hedges, who grabs the reader early on with this tale....The pace of the narrative sweeps the reader along to a most compelling and poignant conclusion....Nuggets pop off the page with regularity and make this story come alive...."What's Eating Gilbert Grape" has the feel of simplicity, but you know you're reading something complex and artistically crafted. The book has the air of whimsy, but will grab you with fierce credibility. Hedges is a young author to be reckoned with.



"The Atlantic"Sometimes funny, sometimes sad...and always engaging.

"Washington Post Book World"Hedges writes with energy and wit...charged with sardonic intelligence.

"Philadelphia Inquirer"Touching....By the book's exhilaratingly luminous ending...we have already been mesmerized.

"The New York Times"Completely original...a novel that reads like...a collaboration between Nathanael West and Garrison Keillor, or David Lynch and Grandma Moses.

"Publishers Weekly"Wonderfully entertaining and amusing...goes down like a chocolate milkshake but boasts the sharpness and finesse of a complex wine....Like John Updike, Hedges invests an antihero's ordinary provincial life with theamatic meaning....

"Publishers Weekly"Hedges' ostensibly country-bumpkin-style tale sparkles with sophisticated literary devices and psychological insight....The colloquial narrative voice, dialogue, colorful cast of characters...are conveyed with appealing credibility....Hedges leaves readers demanding a sequel.

"Philadelphia Inquirer"A picture of tragedy painted in humor...Gilbert Grape is one of the breed of male narrators whose sweet, wry, endearing voices invest every failing with humor and every ordinary moment with a measure of worried perplexity bordering on awe....Gilbert's sexuality is subtly and tenderly evoked....[Hedges has fashioned] a world at once vast and finite....

Harry Crews "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a story that outruns the covers of the book in which it is contained. Once you read this story, it will be with you forever -- this place amd these people will live in your heart and in the blood it pumps. I am utterly dumbfounded when a first novel of this quality comes along. I send Peter Hedges the ultimate compliment one writer can send another: I'll surely read the next thing you write.

"The New York Times"Hedges' writing possesses a sincerity that directly engages the reader's sympathies. The result is a narrative that is alternately sad, funny and gruesome, a narrative that uses the story of this one unfortunate family to create a portrait of small town life that's frequently as affecting as Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," as disturbing and darkly surreal as Nathanael West's "Dream Life of Balso Snell." At once the story of one young man's coming of age, and an elegy for those outsiders and misfits who find themselves sidetracked from the American Dream, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" stands as a most auspicious debut.

"Cedar Rapids Gazette"Terrific...wonderfully entertaining...a literary delight....There's a bit of John Updike's "Rabbit" trilogy in this charming narrative, just as there are traces of Richard Brautigan's "In Watermelon Sugar." But mostly there's Peter Hedges, who grabs the reader early on with this tale....The pace of the narrative sweeps the reader along to a most compelling and poignant conclusion....Nuggets pop off the page with regularity and make this story come alive...."What's Eating Gilbert Grape" has the feel of simplicity, but you know you're reading something complex and artistically crafted. The book has the air of whimsy, but will grab you with fierce credibility. Hedges is a young author to be reckoned with.

"The Atlantic" Sometimes funny, sometimes sad...and always engaging.

"Washington Post Book World" Hedges writes with energy and wit...charged with sardonic intelligence.

"The New York Times" Hedges' writing possesses a sincerity that directly engages the reader's sympathies. The result is a narrative that is alternately sad, funny and gruesome, a narrative that uses the story of this one unfortunate family to create a portrait of small town life that's frequently as affecting as Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio, " as disturbing and darkly surreal as Nathanael West's "Dream Life of Balso Snell." At once the story of one young man's coming of age, and an elegy for those outsiders and misfits who find themselves sidetracked from the American Dream, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" stands as a most auspicious debut.

"Philadelphia Inquirer" A picture of tragedy painted in humor...Gilbert Grape is one of the breed of male narrators whose sweet, wry, endearing voices invest every failing with humor and every ordinary moment with a measure of worried perplexity bordering on awe....Gilbert's sexuality is subtly and tenderly evoked....[Hedges has fashioned] a world at once vast and finite....

"Philadelphia Inquirer" Touching....By the book's exhilaratingly luminous ending...we have already been mesmerized.

"Publishers Weekly" Wonderfully entertaining and amusing...goes down like a chocolate milkshake but boasts the sharpness and finesse of a complex wine....Like John Updike, Hedges invests an antihero's ordinary provincial life with theamatic meaning....

"The New York Times" Completely original...a novel that reads like...a collaboration between Nathanael West and Garrison Keillor, or David Lynch and Grandma Moses.

"Publishers Weekly" Hedges' ostensibly country-bumpkin-style tale sparkles with sophisticated literary devices and psychological insight....The colloquial narrative voice, dialogue, colorful cast of characters...are conveyed with appealing credibility....Hedges leaves readers demanding a sequel.

"Cedar Rapids Gazette" Terrific...wonderfully entertaining...a literary delight....There's a bit of John Updike's "Rabbit" trilogy in this charming narrative, just as there are traces of Richard Brautigan's "In Watermelon Sugar." But mostly there's Peter Hedges, who grabs the reader early on with this tale....The pace of the narrative sweeps the reader along to a most compelling and poignant conclusion....Nuggets pop off the page with regularity and make this story come alive...."What's Eating Gilbert Grape" has the feel of simplicity, but you know you're reading something complex and artistically crafted. The book has the air of whimsy, but will grab you with fierce credibility. Hedges is a young author to be reckoned with.

From the Back Cover

Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. Gilbert's long-suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus -- in that order. But the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert's younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long. As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself....

With this wry portrait of small-town Iowa -- and a young man's life at the crossroads -- Peter Hedges created a classic American novel "charged with sardonic intelligence" (Washington Post Book World).

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By A Customer on 30 May 2002
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All the atmosphere of the movie but with more depth and character, minus the romantic ending, more sisters and brothers to Gilbert, with more realism and a lot more grit.
I loved it so much that as soon as I had finished it I turned back to the beginning and started all over again.
Anyone who appreciates good literature will love this.
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A fabulous debut novel about a young man -- the titular Gilbert Grape -- coming of age. Set in Endora, Iowa, Gilbert lives with his sisters, mentally challenged brother and obese (and depressed) mother, and dreams of escaping his existence. This is a great read.
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2000
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If you think the movie is good, this is 10 times better. Gilbert is a character whom, once met, you will never forget. A book cannot be missed!
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Though the film was oscar nominated it merely glazed the surface of the book. Peter Hedge's novel treads that fine line between fairytale and reality. If you're expecting a quirky tale with a romantic ending like the film was then this books isn't for you. But it is a true gem and deals with true emotions that people feel even though they know they shouldn't. In truth the book takes a far more sinister turn that the film but is still one to read.
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This was a beautifully written book, if you love the film, you won't be disappointed, the only criticism I would have is that the quality of the book wasn't worth the money I paid for it.
I was expecting a hardback, but it was paperback, flimsy, & thin pages which I personally hate, they also started coming away towards the end of my read. Due to this I wouldn't read a second time, as much as I believe that I would enjoy it time & again
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