How All This Started

How All This Started

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Baker & Taylor
Abilene and Austin, a brother and sister feeling stultified by the small-town Texan life imposed on them by their parents, dream of escape, with Abilene becoming desperately and dangerously obsessed with helping her brother become a Major League pitcher. A first novel. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
The striking debut novel from award-winning writer Pete Fromm

Abilene and Austin, a sister and brother frustrated with the small-town Texas life their parents have chosen, turn to each other to escape the story they're all too tired of hearing: their father's unvarying account of "How All This Started"-how he met their mother then settled down in the middle of nowhere.

Pinning her dreams on her younger brother, Abilene becomes dead-set on making Austin a pitching star, a "fireballer" like Nolan Ryan. Swept up in her irresistible exuberance, they try, with baseball and firearms, to combat the stagnation of the Texas landscape--so fiercely it's uncertain whether either of them will survive Abilene's manic dreams.

Introducing one of the most memorable female characters in contemporary literature, How All This Started portrays with strength and subtlety the visceral bond between a brother and sister.


Holtzbrinck
The striking debut novel from award-winning writer Pete Fromm

Abilene and Austin, a sister and brother frustrated with the small-town Texas life their parents have chosen, turn to each other to escape the story they're all too tired of hearing: their father's unvarying account of "How All This Started"-how he met their mother then settled down in the middle of nowhere.

Pinning her dreams on her younger brother, Abilene becomes dead-set on making Austin a pitching star, a "fireballer" like Nolan Ryan. Swept up in her irresistible exuberance, they try, with baseball and firearms, to combat the stagnation of the Texas landscape--so fiercely it's uncertain whether either of them will survive Abilene's manic dreams.

Introducing one of the most memorable female characters in contemporary literature, How All This Started portrays with strength and subtlety the visceral bond between a brother and sister.


Blackwell North Amer
Abilene and Austin are a sister and brother named for the Texas towns where they were conceived during their parents' footloose years. But their parents traded those traveling days to raise their family, settling on an isolated patch of desert in the shadow of an abandoned World War II bomber base, a place so desolate that Abilene and Austin grow up relying on each other to escape.
To overcome the stark immensity of the West Texas landscape, Abilene pins her hopes on making Austin a pitching phenomenon - a "fireballer" who will eclipse even the legendary Nolan Ryan. Abilene's seductive exuberance, however, soon takes on a darker cast. As she drives them beyond the edges of sanity, it becomes uncertain whether Abilene and Austin will survive her manic dreams.

Baker
& Taylor

Abilene and Austin, a brother and sister feeling stultified by the small-town Texan life imposed on them by their parents, dream of escape, with Abilene becoming desperately and dangerously obsessed with helping her brother become a major league pitcher.

Publisher: New York Picador 2000
ISBN: 9780312209339
Characteristics: 305

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