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Fitting In The square peg in a round whole Imagine being a tall scrawny teenage boy with zits braces and a cowlick walking down an overcrowded inner city school The boy may not be noticed there but in a small school he would be zoomed in on by other teenagers like buzzards Being a teenager is hard Growing up in a small town makes it more complicated Everyone knows everybody elses business In The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry writes from his own personal experience of the hardships teenagers face in small towns There are three main groups of teenagers in Thalia the wild kids the average teens and the outcasts Larry McMurtry was born on June 3 1936 in Wichita Falls Texas Baker 219 He was raised by his father William Jefferson and his mother Hazel Ruth His father and eight of his uncles were ranchers and cowboys He attended high school in Archer City which was the city that The Last Picture Show is written after He was married in 1959 to Josephine Scot They had one son and later divorced in 1966 He attended collage at Rice University where he received a MA in 1960 After graduation he moved to Washington DC He focused most of his time on writing He wrote many books including the Texas Trilogy which consists of The Last Picture Show in 1966 Texasville in 1987 and Duanes Depressed in 1999 He also began a small chain of book stores of rare books One of these book stores is located in Archer down the road from the now famous theater In The Last Picture Show McMurtry sarcastically writes about his high school years It tells a coming of age story of the teenage characters Despite the personality differences of the teens their lives interact and have an impact on each other Sam the Lion the heartbeat of the town is a local business owner who is
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