A song from faraway
—Béchard, Deni Ellis, 1974- author.
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""The first time I met my half-brother I was seventeen and he was fourteen. When I arrived at the airport in Virginia and saw the hale blue-jeaned boy and his mother, as thin and erratic as the menthol 100 she soon lit up, I knew I should have left my schoolwork behind." The second time Andrew sees his half-brother, Hugh, is at their father's funeral. Andrew has little interest in the father with whom he grew up, but Hugh, who looks like a country-rock star, is fascinated by the life and writings of the reclusive man he hardly knew. When Hugh finds a book in his father's study, a mysterious work by Rafael Estrada, he is certain that it holds the key to his identity. A Song from Faraway takes readers from nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island to modern day Iraq. An Irish-Acadian soldier carries his fiddle and folksong across the battlefields of the First World War. An orphan-turned-assassin pursues his target across the deserts of Mexico and Texas, using a novel as evidence for his location. Relationships are forged and broken, wars are fought, and trauma is handed down from father to son. With whispers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Song from Faraway pieces together "the stories that we tell about ourselves" in a picaresque novel of uncommon beauty and ferocity."-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Books and reading -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Soldiers -- Fiction.
Wars -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Picaresque fiction.
9781773101545 (trade paperback)
197 pages ; 22 cm
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