What's eating Gilbert Grape?
Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. Gilbert's long-suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus -- in that order. But the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert's younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long. As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself.... With this wry portrait of small-town Iowa -- and a young man's life at the crossroads -- Peter Hedges created a classic American novel "charged with sardonic intelligence" (Washington Post Book World).
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|Grouped Work ID||547356b1-e46d-6223-22c6-84e4e4c961d2|
|Grouping Title||what s eating gilbert grape|
|Grouping Author||hedges peter|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-04 10:10:06AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-14 02:47:55AM|
|display_description||Adapted into the classic 1993 film starring Johnny Depp as Gilbert and Leonardo DiCaprio in his Academy Award-nominated role as Arnie, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is the touching and entertaining story of an unusual family that rises up to do the astonishing… Gilbert Grape is a 24-year-old grocery store clerk stuck in Endora, Iowa, where the population is 1,091 and shrinking. After the suicide of Gilbert's father, his family never recovered. Once the town beauty queen, Gilbert's mother is morbidly obese after seven years of house-bound depression; his younger sister is boy-crazy and God-fearing, while his older sister sacrifices everything for her family. And then there's Arnie, Gilbert's younger brother with special needs. With no one else to care for Arnie, Gilbert becomes his brother's main parent, and all four siblings must tend to the needs of their helpless, grieving mother. So Gilbert is in a rut-until an enchanting new girl arrives in town. His family gathers for Arnie's 18th birthday and Becky, the mysterious and lovely newcomer, breathes new life into Gilbert's world. But can one person really change Gilbert, or his attitudes about his family and Endora? Rich with memorable characters, biting frustration, and family redemption, What's Eating Gilbert Grape can't be missed.|
|owning_library_summit||Summit County Library|
|subject_facet||City and town life -- Fiction|
City and town life -- Iowa -- Fiction
Families -- Iowa -- Fiction
Iowa -- Fiction
Young men -- Fiction
Young men -- Iowa -- Fiction
|title_display||What's eating Gilbert Grape?|
|title_full||What's Eating Gilbert Grape [electronic resource] Hedges, Peter.|
What's eating Gilbert Grape? / Peter Hedges
|title_short||What's eating Gilbert Grape?|
|topic_facet||City and town life|