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Although it starts out seeming to present the portrait of a family, and the relations between siblings, Powers's second book is also out for bigger game: the nature and hidden traps of history. Teacher Eddie Hobson seems to have gone a little off his nut as well as developed a mysterious sickness; most puzzling to his wife and four kids, he labors ceaselessly on a secret project called Hobbstown, which he claims will save him, the world, and everything in it. Eventually the story opens out to include Walt Disney, Robert Oppenheimer, and the Japanese-American internment. The skilled narrative swings between Powers's early sassiness ("Great Scots, woman -- you'll get us all kilts") to genuine ache ("What we can't bring about in no way releases us from what we must").
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   father Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Northeast    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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