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Asa Hearthrug returns in Max Shulman's post-WWII novel about a young returned soldier's attempt to make a living in the post-war world.
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Asa returns from the war, greeted by his parents and his girlfriend, Lodestone LaToole, who wants to settle down with him in their own house. First, however, Asa must seek his fortune so that Lodestone can afford to fill their home with the amazing post-war gadgets. He travels to Minnesota in search of work, where he meets with crooks, door-to-door salesmen, socialists, and bureauocrats at the Unemployment Office. Eventually, he ends up at the University of Minnesota, a student again.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   job hunting/hopping Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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