In this coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1967, 17-year-old Andy Newmark graduates from high school and lands a job at a run down beach club on the famous barrier island east of New York City. It's the legendary "summer of love" in the USA with the Vietnam War ramping up in the background and on Thunder Island it's all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It is Andy's first time living away from home with no one to answer to but the hard-drinking board members of the rattletrap club. The threat of the military draft hangs over Andy as makes his way into the adult world.

This was one of James Howard Kunstler's early novels, published some time before he became better known as a social critic and author of the acclaimed non-fiction books The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

May 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: THUNDER ISLAND (Bantam new fiction)
Author(s): James Howard Kunstler
ISBN: 0-553-34514-1 / 978-0-553-34514-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Thunder Island
Author(s): James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: James Howard Kunstler
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU