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Downtown Owl

A Novel

By Chuck Klosterman
Narrated by Phillip Baker Hall, Lily Rabe, Wiley Wiggins, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Nobbs & Dennis Boutsikaris / 8 hours 47 minutes

New York Times bestselling author and “oneofAmerica’stop cultural critics” (Entertainment Weekly) Chuck Klosterman’s debut novel brilliantly captures the charm and dread of small town life—now available in trade paperback. Somewhere in rural North Dakota, there is a fictional town called Owl. They don’t have cable. They don’t really have pop culture, but they do have grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. But that’s not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it’s perfect. Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. A history teacher, she gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer. Widower and local conversationalist Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. They all know each other completely, except that they’ve never met. But when a deadly blizzard— based on an actual storm that occurred in 1984—hits the area, their lives are derailed in unex- pected and powerful ways. An unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where local mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing, Downtown Owl is “a satisfying character study and strikes a perfect balance between the funny and the pro- found” (Publishers Weekly).

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Author
Narrator Phillip Baker Hall, Lily Rabe, Wiley Wiggins, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Nobbs & Dennis Boutsikaris
ISBN 9780743573733
Length 8 hours 47 minutes
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Fiction & Literature & Literary Fiction
Libro.fm rank #183,080 Overall
Genre rank #12,349 in Literary Fiction