Set in the 1970s, the story follows the Nearing family after the death of their mother. The family makes one bad choice after another in their attempt to deal with the tragedy. The teenage son, Henry, screws up in the normal high school way: misunderstanding girls and ignoring school.
Nearing Grace (2006) - 1 hr 40 min
Starring: Jordana Brewster, Gregory Smith, David Morse, Ashley Johnson, Chad Faust
Directed by: Richard L. Rosenthal Screenplay by: Jacob Aaron Estes
Nearing's Grace (1979) - 175 pages
Author: Scott Sommer
Genre: Fiction, Drama, Coming of Age
There are not a lot of reviews out there for either book or movie. The story seems interesting in a family drama kind of way. The mention I found of the father regressing to adolescent kind of behavior sounds pretty funny too. But the one review I found on the movie made it seem pretty ordinary with the exception of the acting of the main character. The story didn't seem overly impressive. This leads me to believe that the book must be better. It was good enough to inspire the movie but not adapted well enough to make it great. Let me know if you find out differently. I'd love to know. Otherwise, both book and movie will probably end up at the bottom of my reading and rental lists.