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April 12, 2013

ROCKETMAN by William Hazelgrove


ROCKETMAN by William Hazelgrove


Book Description (from Amazon)

May 1, 2013
The Catcher in the Rye for the Great Recession, Rocket Man defines a new upside down American Dream. Dale Hammer is the every man who is trying to find himself.
Rocket Man is a very funny and poignant comment on our times, when an upside down middle class is barely hanging onto the American dream. Taking cues from the calamity of The Great Recession, we meet Dale Hammer, a man who is determined to find meaning in a landscape of suburban homogeneity, looking for the moment he had with his own father when they blasted off a rocket on a wintery evening. He feels his son slipping away as he tries to get around "the silent shame of fathers and sons." He becomes the Rocket Man for his sons scout troop and immediately his life implodes. Accused of cutting down the subdivision sign to his neighborhood, he becomes the lone rebel, going down in a flaming arc. When Rocket Day comes, Dale is determined to give his son more than his father gave him.

ABOUT  THE AUTHOR:
William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of three novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks and Mica Highways. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors.net. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. He runs a political cultural blog,



REVIEW:
William Elliott Hazelgrove's ROCKET MAN is a wonderful piece of writing, The author takes you through the contemporary part of life. He does this so meticulously that he catches a part of us all.  The author has a definite gift with words.He pulls everything together to show the entire view of a single man and the changes his life goes through.Hammer is a successful writer.  He has struggled to rebuild his literary place in the world. The story goes through some of the little things that happen in Hammer's life, such as dealing with irate neighbors., his father, who thinks he's women's gift,  moves in, broke. On top of all that the community dumps on him the role of ROCKETMAN (organizer of the Scout troop annual show)

If you  want an entertaining, funny read that is written wonderfully from one end of the book to the other. How can we find it funny when we look back on the grim picture of where we are and here we have come from in our world today. This book may make you look at others and yourself differently.  It is difficult to like some people.  It's difficult to like ourselves at time.  Maybe we will be in that other person's shoes some day and it may not be so funny.
I received a complimentary copy of ROCKETMAN  from the author William Hazelgrove for this unbiased review.

I give this book 5 STARS.

HIGH FIVE!



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