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Thumbsucker

by Walter Kirn

  • ISBN: 9780385497091
  • ISBN10: 0385497091

Thumbsucker

by Walter Kirn

  • List Price: $15.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
  • Publish date: 11/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780385497091
  • ISBN10: 0385497091
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Description: Meet Justin Cobb, "the King Kong of oral obsessives" (as his dentist dubs him), and the most appealingly bright and screwed-up fictional adolescent since Holden Caulfield donned his hunter's cap. For years, no remedy -- not orthodontia, not the escalating threats of his father, Mike, a washed-out linebacker turned sporting goods entrepreneur, not the noxious cayenne-pepper-based Suk-No-Mor -- can cure Justin's thumbsucking habit. Then a course of hypnosis seemingly does the trick -- but true to the conservation of neurotic energy, the problem doesn't so much disappear as relocate. Sex, substance abuse, speech team, fly-fishing, honest work, even Mormonism -- Justin throws himself into each pursuit with a hyperactive energy even his daily Ritalin close does little to blunt. Each time, however, he discovers that there is no escaping the unruly imperatives of his self and the confines of his deeply eccentric family. The only "cure" for the adolescent condition is time and distance.

Always funny, sometimes hilariously so, occasionally poignant, and even disturbing, deeply wise on the vexed subject of fathers and sons, Walter Kirn's Thumbsucker is an utterly fresh and all-American take on the painful process of growing up.

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