Philipp Meyer “American Rust”

March 7th, 2009

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Two young men are on the verge of finally escaping the prison of their economically-dead hometown in Pennsylvania, in Philipp Meyer‘s debut novel “American Rust.” But their exit is cut short by a tragedy, a fatal mistake, that changes everything.

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Their desperation, and their town’s, underpins Meyer’s relentlessly frank story. Meyer grew up in Baltimore’s working class Hampden neighborhood — that’s where we met for this interview, at the neighborhood’s iconic “Cafe Hon.”

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