"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2000|
|Number of Pages:||308|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.9|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 9.0 x 0.75|
Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list.
Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
This story takes the listener back to small Beaufort, NC, in the 1950's. Landon Carter, a Congressman's son, just likes to have fun. Quite by chance, he begins a friendship with Jamie Sullivan, the pious Baptist minister's daughter, who is sweet and totally dedicated to being a "good Christian" and a good daughter. In the years that follow their unlikely friendship, we learn how Landon comes into his own and is transformed through his relationship with Jamie.
The novel is predictable, to be sure, but Sparks (The Notebook) handles the tale well. But his narration sounds much younger than that of a 57-year-old man supposedly telling the story of his youth. We are in the midst of Jamie's and Landon's life rather than having the feeling of listening to a wistful, older narrator looking back. But this is bittersweet and makes an enjoyable and engaging experience. A sure winner for the audiobook section of any public library. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI
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In Sparks's latest sentimental tale, a 17-year-old boy in 1950s North Carolina finds all his expectations overthrown by the Baptist minister's daughter. Film rights were purchased by the producer of Message in a Bottle.
The bestselling author of Message in a Bottle and The Notebook returns with a deeply moving tale of first love and its transformational powers.
"When I was seventeen, my life changed forever"... So begins Nicholas Sparks' touching tale of Landon Carter, a teenage boy living in the small town of Beaufort, North Carolina in the late 1950s. Landon is a typical teenager who just wants to have a fun senior year before heading off to college. The last thing he anticipated is Jamie Sullivan, the sweet, pious daughter of the town's Baptist minister. But on the evening of Beaufort's annual Christmas pageant, Landon will undergo a change of heart that will forever alter the course of his life. In the months that follow, Landon discovers truths that it takes most people a lifetime to learn- truths about the nature of beauty, the joy of giving, the pain of loss, and, most of all, the transformational power of love.
Nicholas Sparks' most recent novel, Message in a Bottle has nearly 700,000 hardcover copies in print and was on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list for 28 weeks. The Warner paperback edition has over 1.5 million copies in print. In spring 1999, it was released as a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul New man. A New York Times hardcover bestseller for 56 weeks and a paperback bestseller for well over a year, Nicholas Sparks' first novel, The Notebook (1996) has nearly three million hardcover and paperback copies in print combined.
From the Hardcover edition.
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