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9780525655770

The Leopard Is Loose A novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780525655770

  • ISBN10:

    0525655778

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-08-10
  • Publisher: Knopf
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Summary

The fragile, 1952 post-war tranquility of a five-year-old-boy's world explodes one summer day when a leopard escapes from the zoo, throwing all of Oklahoma City into dangerous excitement, in this evocative story of a child's confrontation with his deepest fears.

For Grady McClarty, an ever-watchful but bewildered five-year-old boy, World War II is only a troubling, ungraspable event that occurred before he was born. But he feels its effects all around him. He and his older brother Danny are fatherless and their mother Bethie is still grieving for her fighter-pilot husband. Most of all, Grady sees it in his two uncles: young combat veterans determined to step into a fatherhood role for their nephews, even as they struggle with the psychological scars they carry from the war.

When the news breaks that a leopard has escaped from the Oklahoma City Zoo, the playthings and imagined fears of Grady's childhood begin to give way to real world terrors--the still-incomprehensible threats of battle fatigue, alcoholism, grief, Jim Crow laws, and, most imminently, the dangerous cat itself. The Leopard Is Loose is a stunning encapsulation of America in the 1950s, and a moving portrait of a young boy's struggle to find his place in his family's, and his nation's, history.

Author Biography

STEPHEN HARRIGAN's previous novels include the New York Times best-selling The Gates of the Alamo, Remember Ben Clayton (which, among other awards, won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for best historical novel), and A Friend of Mr. Lincoln. He has also written a number of books of non-fiction, including the recent Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, and a career-spanning collection of essays, The Eye of the Mammoth. He is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, as well as a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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