Chicago, IL (PressExposure) December 11, 2008 -- Novels are published and many times they dissapear. Sometimes a novel will find life in the cyberworld where it will be kept alive by bloggers and online sites. Some novels just don't catch because of bad timing or circumstance. It would seem Rocket Man by William Elliott Hazelgrove is skipping past all these landmines.
A novel published by a small press in Chicago has been making the rounds in the cyberworld, garnering rave reivews, thirty three at last count on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0615213073/re... and has now broken out into the mainstream world of print journalism with a bang. The Chicago Sun Times on Sunday published a rave review and feature on the author William Elliott Hazelgrove. http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/books/131653...
"Hazelgrove has a natural grace as a storyteller that is matched by his compassion for his characters: he masterfully gives voice to the numbness and the fright, as well as the humor of a man trying to save his house and his family." The story of William Hazelgrove's oddesey is interesting.
A fourth novel published after his second and third came out with Bantam, he returned to a small press to bring out his take on the American Dream. "I didnt' realize Rocket Man would be this watershed novel, where the story becomes our reality. I wanted to describe a family in motion, trying to live the American Dream and in the process of losing it." So says Hazelgrove in the article that descirbes his struggle to write, taking jobs as a baker, janitor, waiter, construction worker, teacher, mortgage broker, salesman, anything to pay the bills.
He also goes on to describe how he ended up in Ernest Hemingway's attic, asking a woman giving a tour if she had any space avaiable in the birthplace and this landed him up in a studio in the attic. Hazelgrove's take on life in suburbia is timely as the country goes through the convolutions, throwing the very essence of the American Dream into question. "Hazelgrove highlights not only the inner working of the Hammer family, but also the changes in suburbia as it winds through the crazy times of economic woe." The Sun Tiimes review saves the best for last and this is ultimately what might give this novel the legs it will need. Citing the biggest names in the literary world, the review sums up Hazelgrove's fourth novel in the context of other great chroniclers of the American bourgeosie.
"This latest work seduces and charms with voice and is the perfect book for todays modern problems. That being said, it is the funniest serious novel I have read since Richard Russo's Straight Man, rich with the epic levity of John Irving salted with the underlying sickness and perversion of John Updike." It doesn't get much better than that. http://www.billhazelgrove.com