The basis for the 1973 film of the same name, starring Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal. The book has more plot points and a wider story arc than the movie, and is just as charming. This is an easy read with some great dialogue.
Highly enjoyable! I have always been a big fan of the movie version of this novel that came out in the 1970s starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neal but I am now an even bigger fan of the novel - a delightful romp through the depression years as told by Addie Pray, a precocious 11-year old scamp. The movie was pretty faithful to the first half of the novel but most of the second half was not included in the movie. Maybe it was being saved for a possible sequel? Anyway, the whole book is fun story-telling about the lives of two talented con artists in the 30s - also very reminiscent of the movie "The Sting". I guess people had to think up creative ways to survive during that time. High recommendation!
"Paper Moon" is a classic in the long tradition of American fiction. Joe David Brown masterfully creates an authentic voice that bowls the reader over. The remarkable thing about the book is that it is one of the few instances where you should read the book and see the movie. If you liked the movie, the book provides more stories and adventures; if you liked the book, the movie brings the characters, setting, and geography to life.
I highly recommend this book; the movie only makes a very good story better.