Spooner by Pete Dexter

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Warren Spooner was born after a prolonged delivery in a makeshift delivery room in a doctor's office in Milledgeville, Georgia, on the first Saturday of December, 1956. His father died shortly afterward, long before Spooner had even a memory of his face, and was replaced eventually by a once-brilliant young naval officer, Calmer Ottosson, recently court-martialed out of service. This is the story of the lifelong tie between the two men, poles apart, of Spooner's troubled childhood, troubled adolescence, violent and troubled adulthood and Calmer Ottosson's inexhaustible patience, undertaking a life-long struggle to salvage his step-son, a man he will never understand.
 

About Pete Dexter

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Novelist, journalist, and poet Pete Dexter was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1943. As a student at the University of South Dakota, where he attended on and off for ten years, he wrote poetry and won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. After graduating in 1970, he found work as a newspaper reporter. While working as a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, Dexter was nearly beaten to death by readers who disapproved of a piece he wrote about a drug-related murder. That experience helped propel him into fiction writing, and in 1984, he published God's Pocket. Dexter won a National Book Award in 1988 for his novel Paris Trout, a book that exemplifies his characteristic blending of humor and violence. As a journalist, his work has also appeared in such periodicals as Esquire and Playboy.
 
Published September 5, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 481 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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From Dexter (Train, 2003, etc.), a rambling, improvisatory narrative of a not-terribly-compelling life.

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Publishers Weekly

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What can you do when your twin brother, dead at birth, is your mother's favorite? This is only one of the burdens placed on young Warren Spooner, the hero of National Book Award–winner D

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The New York Times

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... Pete Dexter returns with an autobiographical novel, “Spooner,” a ... The Sunday
Book Review on 'Spooner' (September 27, 2009). Mr. Dexter's ...

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The New York Times

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He simply couldn’t stem the flood of story that poured forth as he chronicled the misadventures of Warren Spooner from his birth in Milledgeville, Ga., in 1956 (where Dexter, born 13 years earlier, also grew up), to his failed early attempts at employment and marriage in Florida (another echo fro...

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The Guardian

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Pete Dexter writes books about damaged goods, about men (invariably men) who are defined by their actions but who act without quite knowing what they are after.

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The Globe and Mail

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Pete Dexter's latest novel follows the ill-advised antics of a man not gifted with a strong intellect who manages to thrive nonetheless

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AV Club

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This supposed novel reads like an anthology of small character explorations, vividly written.

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AV Club

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As Spooner reaches its deeply moving conclusion, it feels like nothing less than Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, recontextualized for the small towns of the South and Midwest.

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Entertainment Weekly

Pete Dexter, the gorgeous writer of hard beauties like Paris Trout, will make you laugh yourself into a fit one page and hold back tears the next, even though he sometimes lets his story careen off the rails (particularly in later scenes of Spooner's adult life).

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Los Angeles Times

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An all-around screw-up finds success as a newspaper columnist -- and is sustained by his nurturing stepfather in a darkly humorous novel by the author of 'Paris Trout.'

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Christian Science Monitor

Spooner, the new novel by National Book Award winner Pete Dexter (“Paris Trout”) is proudly – almost painfully – autobiographical.

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USA Today

Pete Dexter, a legendary newspaper columnist turned novelist, has written a delightfully quirky semi-autobiographical novel about a talented misfit named Warren Spooner with an ambivalent view of other reporters:"Most of them were pretty good reporters at least better reporters than he was and ...

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Oregon Live

Dexter's new book, "Spooner," is a novel, he writes in the acknowledgments, "not in any sense a memoir, but is nevertheless based loosely on events and characters from my own life.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

“The dog would not come, or sit, or answer to his name, and sometimes Calmer sat holding it in the utility room– where they kept it at night — looking it over in the same peculiar way he sometimes looked at Spooner, when he thought Spooner wasn’t watching.”.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: Spooner chronicles the bizarre, colorful life of Warren Spooner, who grows up in small-town Georgia after a near-calamitous birth in 1956.

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Monsters and Critics

Warren Spooner was born after a prolonged delivery in a makeshift delivery room in a doctor\'s office in Milledgeville, Georgia, on the first Saturday of December, 1956.

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Military.com

"Spooner's mother rolls out of bed on her own and gains her feet, and in those first vertical moments with one of her hands clutching a visitor's chair for balance and the other covering her mouth against the possibility of unpleasant morning breath, she issues Spooner, feet first and the color o...

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Metro

Hapless protagonist Warren Spooner doesn’t have an auspicious start to life in rural Georgia.

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Star News Online

Both wrote a closely researched, graphic novel called “Deadwood,” dealing with the real-life Wild Bill Hickock and Charlie Utter.(Dexter’s “Deadwood” came out in 1986, decades ahead of the HBO series, which did not credit him, although its plot was remarkably close to the novels.)De...

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The Anniston Star

Keeping within the confines of its author’s chosen genre, Spooner encapsulates an entire lifetime and spans the continent as it measures, at length, the elusive connection between Warren Spooner and his stepfather, Calmer Ottosson.

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Billings Gazette

MISSOULA —A Thompson Falls man who killed a man and his fiancee in a drunk driving crash that also injured two children has been sentenced to … BUTTE - In an effort to relieve tension, Bureau and Land Management officials met with a neighboring landowner to ...

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Creative Loafing

So when Warren Spooner, the protagonist of Pete Dexter’s new book, Spooner, is born in Milledgeville in 1956, just a year after O’Connor published A Good Man Is Hard to Find, the significance is hard to ignore.

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