The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole

The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole

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Baker & Taylor
Raised to the stature of a leading citizen when a rival dies unexpectedly, Spud Pinkham struggles to earn the respect of his family and apathetic neighbors, from an embittered librarian trapped in an unhappy marriage to a violently jealous older sister.

Blackwell North Amer
For generations, Cedar Hole has been the armpit of Gilford County: a town full of apathetic underachievers trapped by a defunct railroad, distrust of the outside world, and their own lack of imagination. It has also been the home of the Pinkhams, a family whose gluttonous reputation strikes fear and loathing even among the town's most indifferent citizens. Enter Francis "Spud" Pinkham, the youngest of the clan and favorite whipping boy of his nine brutish sisters. Almost from the moment of his unwelcome arrival into the world, Francis knows his path in life will be as rocky as Cedar Hole's country roads.
On the other end of the spectrum is Robert J. Cutler, the bright only child of two factory workers and town golden boy, who gracefully steps into the role of Cedar Hole's good-hearted visionary. Robert's blind optimism and unshakable faith dazzles everyone around him - except Francis, whose distrust of appearances has been instilled by years of cruelty dealt by Jackie Pinkham, his sister and greatest foe. When a town competition forces a rivalry between the boys that follows them into adulthood, Francis must struggle to step out from beneath Robert's shadow and prove his own worth. It is only through love, starting a family of his own, and a brush with the American dream that Francis Pinkham learns just what it takes to become The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole.

Baker
& Taylor

Raised to the stature of a leading citizen when a rival dies unexpectedly, Spud Pinkham struggles to earn the respect of his family and apathetic neighbors, from an embittered librarian trapped in an unhappy marriage to a violently jealous older sister. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
For generations, Cedar Hole has been the armpit of Gilford County, a town full of apathetic underachievers trapped by a defunct railroad, distrust of the outside world, and their own lack of imagination. It has also been the home of the Pinkhams, a family whose gluttonous reputation stirs up fear and loathing even among the town's most indifferent citizens. Enter Francis "Spud" Pinkham, the youngest of the clan and favorite whipping boy of his nine brutish sisters. Almost from the moment of his unwelcome arrival into the world Francis knows his path in life will be as bumpy as Cedar Hole's unkempt roads. On the other end of the spectrum is Robert J. Cutler, the bright only child of two factory workers and town golden boy, who gracefully steps into the role of Cedar Hole's good-hearted visionary. Robert's blind optimism and unshakable faith dazzles everyone around him -- except Francis. When a town competition forces a rivalry between the boys that follows them into adulthood, Francis must struggle to emerge from Robert's shadow. It is only through love, starting a family of his own, and a brush with the American dream that Francis Pinkham learns just what it takes to become the greatest man in Cedar Hole.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743271332
0743271335
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 25 cm.

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