Peter Hedges, the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.
Cynthia Hanson The Christian Science Monitor Hedges manages
to make his novel a delightful romp through the age of seven with
an endearing character who revels in life's smallest details.
Dale Jones Cedar Rapids Gazette An Ocean in Iowa is a delightful read, full of fancy and vivid imagery of suburban Iowa in the 1960s.
Jen Nessel The New York Times Book Review Hedges has the ability to climb into a child's mind and simply look around.
Liesel Litzenburger Detroit Free Press Peter Hedges's quietly devastating new novel...is unapolegetically simple and pure, a sadly perfect little tale.
Michael Giltz Entertainment Weekly Funny, unaffected prose...'A.'
Patrick Beach The Des Moines Register Hedges absolutely shines....An Ocean in Iowa is funny, touching, mysterious, and absurd.
Shirley Manson Harper's Bazaar This funny and supremely moving book is full of hope and possibilities and robustness of spirit.