What's Eating Gilbert Grape
THE BOOK: Gilbert Grape has a lot going on. He is a grocery store assistant, the son of a hugely obese woman, brother to five clashing siblings and lover to a middle-aged married mother-of-two. He also has a killer crush on the beautiful mysterious girl who has just arrived in his dwindling hometown. But by far his biggest burden - and his greatest love - is caring for his mentally-disabled brother Arnie: a sweet, fun-loving, obstinate boy, an accidental daredevil, a near constant flight risk and a serial scaler of water towers.
Told through the eyes of its wryly-humorous hero, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a heartfelt, sardonic story of a dysfunctional family, brotherly love and the desires of a young man stranded by his sense of duty, but dreaming of escape.
"An elegy for those outsiders and misfits who find themselves side-tracked from the American Dream..." - The New York TimesTHE AUTHOR: Peter Hedges is an American novelist, playwright, film director and screen-writer. He received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay About a Boy. What's Eating Gilbert Grape is his debut novel and was turned into a 1993 film starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis.
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