Garden State (novel)

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Garden State
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AuthorRick Moody
CountryUnited States
PublisherPushcart Press
Publication date
April 1992
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages224 pp
ISBN0-916366-73-1 (first edition, hardback)
Followed byThe Ice Storm 

Garden State is a 1992 novel by Rick Moody about a group of friends in suburban New Jersey struggling towards adulthood.[1] It was awarded a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award.[1][2]

The novel follows several young people in their early 20s in Haledon, New Jersey, through one spring. Although the exact year in which the novel is set is unclear, it appears to be the early 1980s. The protagonist is Alice, a 23-year-old woman who struggles to maintain a dating relationship with a man named Dennis. Dennis' stepbrother, Lane, recently attempted to commit suicide, and has just been released from a state mental institution following this attempt to end his life. Alice, Dennis, and Lane struggle to make the passage to adulthood even as their families and the economy crumble around them, and new social mores, music and politics tempt them in different directions.


  1. ^ a b Ryan, David (2001). "Rick Moody, The Art of Fiction No. 166". The Paris Review. Spring-Summer 2001 (158).
  2. ^ 1945-, Meyer, Michael (2013-08-02). Literature to go (Second ed.). Boston, MA. ISBN 9781457650512. OCLC 858572781.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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