The Mortician's Apprentice by Rick Demarinis

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The author of the acclaimed novel The Year of the Zinc Penny offers the story of Ozzie Santee, an appealingly clueless 1950s teenager. When Ozzie graduates from high school, his future becomes embodied in the person of the undertaker's luscious daughter. Thus begins Ozzie's darkly hilarious adventures as The Mortician's Apprentice.

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Rick Demarinis is a writer of eloquent and insightful novels and short stories about contemporary American life. The obstacles and adventures that Demarinis's characters face are enhanced by his gift for describing Americana with a deadpan humor. Demarinis's book, The Mortician's Apprentice, tells the story of an 18-year-old rebel struggling to find meaning in the Southern California of 1953. The protagonist tries to prolong his adolescence by bodysurfing, riding his motorcycle, and drinking and listening to hot bop while searching for a purpose in life beyond marrying his high school girlfriend and joining her family's funeral home business. Other books by Demarinis include the highly acclaimed Year of the Zinc Penny, Jack and Jill: Two Novellas and a Story, and The Voice of America: Stories.
Published August 1, 1994 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet from page one, the reader is worried not about whether Ozzie is going to get trapped into an awful life (he seems very aware of its awfulness), but how he is going to get out of it--in other words, there's a lot riding on the ending.

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