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Into the Great Wide Open

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Building on the success of A Stranger in This World, the widely praised collection of stories that was one of the most exciting literary debuts of recent years, Kevin Canty has written a blistering, unforgettable first novel. Set in the sprawl of suburbia, with its shattered families and hollow lives, Into the Great Wide Open is the story of two young people fleeing their families' emotional abandonment to find refuge in each other.

Smart but scarred, Kenny Kolodny yearns to awake from the nightmare of his smashed-up family: his mother is in an institution and forever away; his father is an abusive alcoholic; his brother lives abroad. Seventeen and alone, he hangs on the periphery of his world, until he makes a passionate connection with the troubled, beautiful, fiercely independent Junie Williamson. Kenny discovers in their highly charged, intensely erotic relationship a reality--and a capacity for caring--he has not known before.

In prose startling for its diamond-hard edges and bravura lyricism, Kevin Canty revives the heady carnival of adolescence, evoking its confusing emotional landscape and its heightened sensuality, too soon lost. Into the Great Wide Open is a haunting, mesmerizing novel by a writer of deep sensitivity and undeniable talent.

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Used availability for Kevin Canty's Into the Great Wide Open

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Hardback Editions

September 1997 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Into the Great Wide Open
Author(s): Kevin Canty
ISBN: 0-613-91389-2 / 978-0-613-91389-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
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July 1996 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Into the Great Wide Open
Author(s): Kevin Canty
ISBN: 0-385-47388-5 / 978-0-385-47388-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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Paperback Editions

September 1997 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Into the Great Wide Open
Author(s): Kevin Canty
ISBN: 0-679-77652-4 / 978-0-679-77652-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: Into the Great Wide Open: 5 Book and 25 Bookmarks
Author(s): Kevin Canty
ISBN: 0-679-77933-7 / 978-0-679-77933-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Into the Great Wide Open (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Kevin Canty
Publisher: Vintage
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