Peter Hedges

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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“Wonderfully entertaining . . . This distinctive first novel goes down like a chocolate milkshake but boasts the sharpness and finesse of a complex wine” (Publishers Weekly).
Gilbert Grape is a twenty-four-year-old grocery store clerk stuck in Endora, Iowa, where the population is 1,091 and shrinking. After the suicide of Gilbert’s father, his family never fully recovered. Once the town beauty queen, Gilbert’s mother is now morbidly obese and planted eternally in front of the TV; his younger sister has recently turned both boy-crazy and God-fearing, while his older sister sacrifices everything for her family. And then there’s Arnie, Gilbert’s younger brother with special needs. With no one else to care for Arnie, Gilbert becomes his brother’s main parent, and all four siblings must tend to the needs of their helpless, grieving mother.
So Gilbert is in a rut—until a mysterious new girl named Becky arrives in this small town. As his family gathers for Arnie’s eighteenth birthday, Gilbert finds himself at a crossroads . . .
This “completely original” portrait of a family (The New York Times), “charged with sardonic intelligence” (The Washington Post Book World), was the basis for a film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, and stands as one of the most memorable novels of recent decades.
“Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging.” —The Atlantic
“By the book’s exhilaratingly luminous ending . . . we have already been mesmerized.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A funny, touching, caring first novel whose characters are familiar and moving in spite of (or perhaps because of) their peculiarities.” —Booklist
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    This is awesome. I like this book so freaken' much, i'm out of words. Arnie is the cutest thing ever.

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    And tonight everyone in town will be rushing to their TV to watch some phoney fool us all—Burger Barn is almost built, the school is burned down—Arnie is soon-to-be eighteen—and I have Lance Dodge to thank for my sudden clarity. My next move is obvious, I will leave this place. I will leave Endora.

    “Gilbert, you’re smiling all of a sudden,” Amy says as she wipes Momma’s face with a wet rag.


    “I haven’t seen that smile in soooo long.”


    Amy wants to know what is going on inside me that would bring forth such a rare expression of joy. She wants to know my thoughts.

    I shrug.

    “What is it, Gilbert?”

    This family is nowhere to be found in my smile, nor the girl from Michigan. My decision to leave, to escape—my new life—is the reason for my toothy grin.
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    Momma hears the struggle and certain that I’m in the wrong, she starts shouting, “Gilbert, Gilbert,” and before I know it, Amy is behind me, her body quivering. She, too, speaks my family’s favorite word. “Gilbert.”
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    “Remember what I told you?”

    He nods.

    “And we don’t want that? Right?”

    Arnie slowly stands, lets out a yelp. He tries to jump, but it’s more like a fall. He makes a big splash when he hits.

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