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Chasing Windmills Hardcover – March 4, 2008

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In the simple and captivating latest from Pay It Forward author Hyde, a chance encounter proves life-changing for two lonely New York City subway riders. Four months shy of 18, Sebastian Mundt has been held a virtual prisoner by his father since his mother died: his father home-schools him and doesn't let him have outside relationships. One night, with his father heavily sedated by his sleeping pill, Sebastian sneaks out to ride the subway and locks eyes with Maria Arquette, a young mother who is caught in an abusive marriage. The two share an instant connection and take to meeting on the subway almost nightly and tentatively planning a future in the California desert town that Sebastian remembers from childhood, where thousands of windmills stretch out across the horizon. Hyde gracefully alternates between Sebastian's and Maria's perspectives with gentle nods to this New York love story's precursors (Maria obsessively watches West Side Story). It is their voices—at once utterly credible and heartbreakingly naïve—that make the book, and while this is being billed as an adult novel, its closest stylistic relative is S.E. Hinton's YA classic The Outsiders. (Mar.)
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Sebastian is a few months shy of 18, while Maria is in her early twenties with two children, yet they both ride the subway in the middle of the night to escape the pressure of their lives: Sebastian’s overly intellectual and oppressively Luddite father, Maria’s abusive boyfriend and recent firing from a grocery store. When their eyes meet, it’s fate. Though it takes weeks upon weeks before they learn each other’s last names, the subway meetings turn into love. Maria imagines it’s just like her favorite movie, West Side Story. But as everyone knows, West Side Story is a tragedy, and Maria and Sebastian have to free themselves from difficult situations to avoid ending up like the original Maria and Tony. Hyde, whose novel Pay It Forward (2000) was made into a movie, stretches the relationship between Sebastian and his father a bit too far, but the reader will gladly allow it in exchange for the lovers’ tense and electrifying meetings on the subway. --Hilary Hatton

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flying Dolphin Press (March 4, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385521278
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385521277
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.71 x 0.97 x 8.5 inches
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