The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened
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The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened

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Rediscover an American classic! The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened by Don Robertson is an emotionally resonant, wonderfully evocative journey back to the early 1950s that reintroduces readers to a teenaged Morris Bird III, one of the most endearing characters in contemporary American literature. Fan Stephen King puts the first book in the Morris Bird III trilogy, The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread "on the same shelf as Catcher in the Rye and The Outsiders," and calls Don Robertson "one of the best unknown novelists in the United States." Find out what you've been missing with The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061868140
  • 9780061868146

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If there was one genuine truth that Morris Bird III thought he understood, it was that the world forever and relentlessly changed. But only in one direction--from simple to complicated.

When he was nine, Morris Bird III learned the meaning of bravery. Now, at seventeen, he's on the verge of adulthood . . . and he's fallen in love. But it's 1952 and the Korean War hangs over his head like a dangling sword--and his prickly, complicated relationship with his cold and silent father has never been satisfactorily resolved. When Morris's own mortality stares him in the face, he learns what it truly means to become a man.

The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened is the final book in Don Robertson's classic trilogy featuring one of the most endearing characters in American literature.
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Review quote

Morris Bird lives with all the bittersweet humor that fills the adolescent mind, and Robertson reports it with a gentle, warm, loving hand. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
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