Will Weaver



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Full Service
Full Service is set in the summer of 1965, a time of great transition for our country as well as the small town of Hawk Bend, Minnesota. When farm boy Paul Sutton turns sixteen, his mother pushes him to take a summer job in town instead of working on the family farm. "You need to meet the public," she tells him; "the world is changing right before our eyes." Little does she­or Paul­know how much change will occur. On duty as a full service gas station attendant, Paul meets an unending variety of characters: summer girls, a kindly and reclusive gangster, drifters, tourists, hippies, preachers and more. In the process Paul undergoes a rite of passage more dramatic than anyone could have imagined.

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Will Weaver writes fiction for adults and young adults. He was born in northern Minnesota in 1950 and grew up on a dairy farm. His novels and short stories have drawn praise of reviewers coast-to-coast. Weaver's story "Dispersal" was voted by the Library of Congress as one of the top ten stories of 1985. Several of his stories have been produced for National Public Radio.

Mr. Weaver's debut novel, Red Earth, White Earth, was published in 1986 by Simon & Schuster, and was produced as a CBS television movie in 1989. A Gravestone Made of Wheat & other Stories (Simon & Schuster 1989) won many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The New York Times Book Review called it "a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye." The title story was recently produced as the independent feature film Sweet Land, starring Ned Beatty.

Will Weaver has also written several works for young adults. His series Striking Out, Farm Team and Hard Ball (HarperCollins 1993/95/98) were chosen variously as American Library Association "Best Books" for young adults. His novel Memory Boy (2001) is used widely in schools across the United States. Following Claws (2001), his novel  Full Service (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005) has won starred reviews and "Best Book" status by the American Library Association.

Mr. Weaver lives in northern Minnesota, a region he writes from and loves. He is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking with his family and friends.

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