A Map of Tulsa

A Map of Tulsa

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"If Catcher in the Rye has lost its raw clout for recent generations of Internet-suckled American youth, here is a coming-of-age novel to replace it." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The first days of summer: Jim Praley is home from college, ready to unlock Tulsa's secrets. He drives the highways. He forces himself to get out of his car and walk into a bar. He's invited to a party. And there he meets Adrienne Booker; Adrienne rules Tulsa, in her way. A high-school dropout with a penthouse apartment, she takes a curious interest in Jim. Through her eyes, he will rediscover his hometown: its wasted sprawl, the beauty of its late nights, and, at the city's center, the unsleeping light of its skyscrapers.

In the tradition of Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , A Map of Tulsa is elegiac, graceful, and as much a story about young love as it is a love letter to a classic American city.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9780142422595
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,20 cm


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Sep 21, 2015

A little overwritten, but filled with lovely observations of life in Tulsa.

LMcShaneCLE Apr 23, 2013

I expect this book to get more currency with teens - and first year college students - has Stargirl elements. The mystique of that first real love interest, of really knowing someone you are so intimate with and then the effects of time.

Mar 08, 2013

This novel is broken into two distinct parts. In part 1, Jim Praley has returned home to Tulsa, after being away for his first year of undergrad. The story is all about his relationship with a women he meets (that he went to high school with) - it is a yearning relationship. Part 2 is '...5 years later'. It is definitely not what I was expecting, but I did find it engaging once I had adjusted my presumptions of what I thought was going to happen. For anyone who went away to school and came back to live with their parents for the summer - you will probably enjoy this book.

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