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On the Run with Dick and Jane [Paperback]

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Twelve year-old Jane Doyle is escaping an oppressive North Carolina group home. Sixty-three year-old Dick Steel is grieving the death of his beloved wife and coping with insurmountable medical bills. When Dick packs his van for a cross-country drive to California, Jane stows onboard. She threatens to accuse Dick of rape if he turns her over to the police. It's a stalemate until Dick learns that Jane is fleeing people who will sell her into an overseas sex slavery operation. Halfway across America, Dick decides to make a stand. This odd couple from society's demographic fringe must deal with those determined to recapture Jane to save their own skins.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 5, 2006
Publisher   Hopewell Publications
ISBN  1933435127  
ISBN13  9781933435121  

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Pray for Dick and Jane  Aug 11, 2007
This is a satirical tour de force by one of the masters of the genre -- a mixture of humor and pathos. Reading this book, I kept praying that poor little Jane would come out of her terrible ordeal in one piece -- the tension builds and builds. Harboring children for prostitution continues to this day, and his description of the sexual assaults Jane receives are nauseating to say the least. Gover himself grew up in an orphanage, and you can see that he knows this little twelve-year-old heroine very well. Dick is a perfect character for Jane to play off of: a father figure to his unexpected surprise companion, emotionally distraught over his wife's death and financial chaos. Each of them are looking for compassion and understanding in the wreckage of their lives. Will they ever find it, or will they remain on the run?
On the Run with Robert Gover  Apr 15, 2007
The visits from the future involve both Thomas Pynchon and Robert Gover. As fate would have it, both their new novels were scheduled for release within a day of each other. Then suddenly, Pynchon got moved back two weeks. The synchronicity begins with TP at the new moon, and RG at the full. And this is not the first time they have crossed literary paths without knowing why.

According to the publisher's note, On the Run with Dick and Jane hid in a drawer for the last 15 years. Chances are, it might have been published along with the last great coup of Vineland, Skinny Legs and All and Stone Junction, but destiny had other designs.

Now the two heavyweights meet again in the same fortnight on the same "New Books" table. Time doesn't matter when a good read is at hand. This time around, Robbins and Dodge are out of the game; it's Pynchon and Gover, with Marquez watching from the wings.

If you liked Kitten in Gover's American classic One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding, Jane is going to steal your soul with your security blanket. She's 12, wild, street-smart and unstoppable, making a run for it from her North Carolina "group home" where she's been tagged "for sale" by Grandma to the Asian slave trade. OK good, you made it through Chapter 1, only 43 more to go.

Dick is Jane's ticket out of the System. He is 63, full of self-pity and pain, driving to California with his late wife's ashes in an urn at his side. Jane is a stowaway in the back of his van, vaguely aware that both of them are set for the ride of their lives.

But the detour demands attention. The "meaningful coincidences" among Gover, Pymchon and Robbins are in their main characters. Vineland by Pynchon features Prairie Wheeler, at 14, a wild child of the 80s; Skinny Legs and All by Robbins is an allegorical retelling of Salome for the new millennium. Say no more -- all three authors penned their tales at the same time. That's why synchronicities are too strange to be true. Or are they? The answer is written in the stars.

We're headed for new territory here. On the Run with Dick and Jane dares to go where neither Pynchon nor Robbins have gone before. Dick and Jane surprises, shocks and offends on almost every page. The prose is stark naked, the characters are transparent, the dialogue is unadorned, but it's done with the style of a maestro. What Faulkner accomplished in his own era with Sanctuary and The Sound and the Fury, Gover does for the 21st century. He can add a second American classic to his arsenal.

But let me not leave the impression that Pynchon and Gover are on the same team. Pynchon, as the new Balzac, is a neoclassicist looking to start a revolution; his greatest strategic error was allowing Academia to enter his camp. Gover, on the other side of the field, is more like Kerouac with a PhD; with ripping claws he goes straight for the underbelly of the beast. Literature is fortunate to have them both in the same century.

Jane is good at hiding, and we're lucky that her book got delayed. But be warned, dear reader, you're going to get paper cuts from turning the pages. So start reading early or plan to stay up all night, because Dick and Jane glue themselves to you until you're done with the run. You will learn many of life's lusty lessons here too, whether you are a creative writer, and adventurous reader or a swinging social scientist. This is dangerous fun.

A story of a most unlikely friendship  Dec 9, 2006
The ninth novel of former journalist Robert Gover, On The Run With Dick and Jane is the story of a truly unlikely couple - Jane, a twelve-year-old stowaway girl fleeing an overseas sex slavery operation, and Dick, a sixty-three year-old man grieving the death of his beloved wife and struggling with mounting medical bills. A distinctive feature of On the Run with Dick and Jane is that quotation marks are omitted from the spoken dialogue, lending the tale elements of a stream-of-consciousness feel. A story of a most unlikely friendship, eventually leading both to take a stand against those who would recapture Jane for their own vile profit.
On the Run with Dick and Jane  Dec 6, 2006
When I read this book, I encountered a messy truth: I have been living in a country which, for many years, has not honored its children, has not sanctified the places they learn to be human, to grow.

This book broke my heart as it developed and then, as it found it resolution, made me understand that despair is not the only part of the currency of poverty, hardship and repair.

Robert Gover wrote, if my memory serves me, 100 Dollar Misunderstanding. He knew more then, about a lot of quite different things than most of us knew. Now, he shows us, he has not been sitting as a spectator.

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