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I found out about this book from a friend who came across it on an author's website. It's written in a very personal manner like you're having a conversation with the narrator, and it concerns three friends named David, who are separated at the beginning of the book by a train crash in Nebraska. As the book goes on, we find one of the Davids in the city living with his grandmother and working for a corporate communications company where he has terrible headaches while also falling in love with an artist named Lilah, and another in his old college town in the country meeting up with three old friends in a rock band, moving in with them and slowly becoming depressed. The third (that's how he's described: "the third") is the one who was injured in the train crash and gets left behind in the Midwest. His sections are much more abstract, for the most part -- he's trying to get out of the Midwest -- but what's conveyed about him seems to be more of his innerworkings, his thoughts and feelings, sometimes dreams, rather than his interpersonal interactions. Probably 'cause he doesn't have any, really. The book is basically a build-up to the third's reunion with the other two, 'cause during his time after the train wreck in the hospital, he has had psychic visions through his dreams he wants to share with the other two. He seems to be wanting to be their guide.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Other aspects:    -   best friends Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

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

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