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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak portrayal of post-industrial America, 1 Dec. 2009
This review is from: American Rust (Paperback)
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American Rust is set in a small town in Pennsylvania, once rich with steel business, now rife with unemployment and the problems accompanying the departure of big industry. The story centres around two young men, Poe and Isaac, each trapped in their own way in the town, having foregone opportunities elsewhere. Isaac is keen to escape and tries to do just that. But events are set not to run smoothly for Poe and Isaac. The book follows two main story arcs, one as Isaac embarks on a trip across country and the other following Poe's more bleak journey.

The story is a fantastic piece of character driven fiction - Poe and Isaac are deep and interesting characters and the supporting cast of Poe's mother, Isaac's father and sister and the town sheriff are very well realised and add substance to the story. It's a story that doesn't offer a lot of hope for its characters, other than through their relationships with one another, but watching the story unfold is compelling.
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