The Vast Fields of Ordinary (Paperback)

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What could be "vast" about an ordinary summer in the life of an ordinary kid? The answer: you have to (and you should) read to find out! Through the eyes of Dade, you will recall what it was like to feel both displaced and disoriented as a high schooler. . . But you will also want to be there, feeling it all again, and in some way wishing it had never ended.

— Will


It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

About the Author

Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Vast Fields of Ordinary is his first novel.

Praise For…

"A fascinating and dreamy first novel." -New York Times

"Bold. Engaging. Heartbreaking." -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank

"A brilliant account of alienation and angst in the heartland." -Quest Magazine

"Nick Burd reaps a bounty from The Vast Fields of Ordinary." -Vanity Fair

"Burd is a terrific writer+he is a new talent to watch." -Booklist, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142418208
ISBN-10: 014241820X
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: March 17th, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English