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Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Graphic The Valley, the memoir The End of Boys, the nonfiction text Let Them Be Eaten By Bears, and the forthcoming YA novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh and Too Shattered For Mending (Random House, Knopf).
A former troubled teen, Hoffmeister was expelled from three high schools, lived for a short while in a Greyhound bus station, was remanded to a recovery and parole program, and completed a wilderness experience for troubled teens. He now runs the Integrated Outdoor Program, serving teens of all backgrounds, taking them into wilderness areas to backpack, climb, spelunk, orienteer, and whitewater raft.
He lives with his wife and daughters in Eugene, Oregon.

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This Is the Part Where You ...

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The End of Boys

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Too Shattered for Mending

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Graphic the Valley

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Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
"Loved the writing style, short chapters, and tone of this novel. Had a hard time putting it down and have a feeling I'll be thinking about it for a while. Sad and a bit dark, with rich threads of hope and loyalty. Excellent. "
Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
"Hoffmeister writes a gritty southern gothic novel, and even though it takes place in the small town of Pierce, Idaho, the goings-on there would fit snugly in the south. Technically a young-adult book, but so dark, it seems a much better fit to tag..." Read more of this review »
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By far the best book I've read this year. Zadie Smith is incredible, and this is her writing at her best. Within the first two pages, I was enraptured.
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By far the best book I've read this year. Zadie Smith is incredible, and this is her writing at her best. Within the first two pages, I was enraptured.
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Just reread it (again) and it's always good.
Love this short story collection.
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“I know that I've lost something now because this keeps happening, and I feel as if this is all I ever come to, to this place, this knife, this feeling, almost killing, and I wonder that I'm not drunk because I feel fucked up and cold and hot, and this man, the drunk man, he's backing away from me toward a parked car and he trips over the parking meter and stumbles and takes a few steps and there's a wall he can follow along and he's scuttling back into the doorway of the bar and his off-white shirt gets hazy like cottonwood down floating off the river back home but it's hot in the spring there, back home, when the cottonwoods are dropping, and nothing about this night is even warm at all except my fist around the handle of the knife that's still cold, and there's the smell of the river water, the water in the air, and water everywhere, over my eyes and the city and the night, and I wonder why the water's not frozen because it's cold, cold every night here, so fucking cold, and no amount of weed will warm me up because I'm a long way from home and my bed and my room and my house and my family and anything and everything and everyone that I have ever loved, and I can sleep on a dirty floor with gum and spiders and garbage and wrappers and ants and dust and spit and cum, and I can sleep here and wake up, and I can sleep here and wake up again, but no amount of sleeping and waking will ever make it right.”
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, The End of Boys

“Any U.S. citizen is allowed to camp for free, up to fourteen days without moving (then he or she will need to move twenty-five miles to have another free fourteen-day campsite), on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or national forest land as long as the campsite is more than three hundred yards from a water source.”
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors

“Math is for followers, for sheep, for people who are obsessed with right and wrong, with black and white. And since I’m not naturally inclined to racism, I don’t enjoy mathematics.”
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, This Is the Part Where You Laugh

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