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Four Years from Home by [Enright, Larry]
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Good book! Very funny and definitely kept me reading to find out what happened. I was very surprised by the ending, I didnt have it anywhere near figured out! Great first novel, I will be waiting for more from him.
--Joy Unger, Librarything.com

Highly, highly recommended. You will be hooked from the first paragraph of this tale that should be treasured. --Ryne Douglas Pearson

About the Author

Larry Enright is the son of Irish immigrants, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Kenyon College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Philosophy and minors in Art and English Literature.

After college, he moved to the East Coast where he filled his life with many careers including teacher, professional musician, computer programmer, and researcher. He wrote his first novel in 1980, and penned two more "bookend efforts" before "Four Years from Home," was published in 2010. That book went on to be a top 100 U.S. Kindle best seller for three consecutive weeks and a category best seller for nine months. He has since written "A King in a Court of Fools," a serial novel read by thousands online weekly for over a year until published in book form, "Buffalo Nickel Christmas," a Christmas fantasy set in the 1950s, "12|21|12," a short piece of alternative science fiction, "A Cape May Diamond," a story of mystery and redemption, "The Adventures of Walter Stickle," a 3-book series of science fiction about an ordinary man with extraordinary adventures, "The Blacker Death," a thriller that pits one man against the mob and a deadly disease, and "Transcriber," a story of timeless love and unnatural hate. 

Larry lives on a small farm with his wife and two sons where he writes full time and supports other authors in their efforts to fulfill their dreams.

Find him at larryenright.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OURSW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Upon getting into the meat of the story, I spent my time until the end of the book trying to guess the next event and, of course, the ending. I only do that with books that hold my interest. This is a good book that moves well and is full of thought provoking events and side stories. A very enjoyable read.
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Even though I am a female I instantly identified with Tom. I was born in the same year, 1946, and am the oldest of five children. I was often a bully to my siblings (although not as physical as he was) and thought of myself as entitled and resented the existance of "the others". Tom's parents also reminded me of my own....I guess because of the era we grew up in. Also the small college Harry attended was much like the one I graduated from in 1968.
The story was so interesting, and Tom's imagination was so outrageous that I read the book really quickly. I love the twists and turns in the plot, quite a story. Very well written, a great book.
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Larry Enright's masterpiece 'Four Years from home' takes the reader on a wild ride of gut-wrenching emotions. Humorous in parts, dramatic and thought-provoking, its central driving force is a dark mystery that unfolds at about chapter 6 and continues onward to its stunning conclusion. Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended
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Every few years I read a book that just grips me and this is my new "book of the year." I laughed aloud, cried copious tears, and in-between could not put it down.

It is the story of two brothers, the older a self-centered bully, the younger a near perfect kid everyone loves. The story alternates between the present day (early seventies) and flashbacks to their childhood. While I agree with some reviewers that at times the flashbacks ramble a bit too much, and I did skim a few of them, on the whole they are very important for setting the personalities, characters, and relationship of the two brothers.

At times I was confused as to what was happening, but this is not uncommon in a mystery style book; in this case my confusion mirrored that of the main character because he, too, was having difficulty assimilating all the events.

I would have liked a little more wrap-up at the end, but in reality I think this is really because I had so much crawled into the characters' skins that I was reluctant to leave.

This book isn't perfect: it could use some tighter editing. But the story is so captivating and original, the characters so alive, becoming part of my life, and still living within me almost three months later, that the rest become minor details. I loved it.
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I really enjoyed this story. It has an unusual plot line with a find-the-missing-person theme. Seems like it's going ahead in a pretty straightforward way, then ZIG! ZAG! Major unexpected twists and turns.

I read fiction partly to see the world through another's eyes, to get inside another's head and experience other's thoughts, emotions, and reactions in a personal way. It's a challenge for any author to make that happen, especially with an unlovable character, but Larry Enright has done it. The narrator, Tom, is a nasty, narcissistic troublemaker. Though I didn't like him any better as the book went on, I did understand him better (his sense of humor is dark and snarky, but funny, which helps). The best part is when he starts to understand his brother's life better. Many humorous scenes and fantasies as he wrestles with the questions, "Who was my brother?" and "What do I have to do to find out more?" Tom skips way over the line into Inappropriate Land many times, but it's very entertaining. (Another reason to love fiction: the imaginative experience of doing outrageous things. And getting away with it!)

Readers who like to think about morals and consequences and paths chosen will enjoy this book. Readers who like to see inside the narrator's head and observe the vortex of beliefs, choices, and relationships with others will enjoy it, too. Those who like quick-paced stories with lots of surprises but vey little violence, sex, or cursing will also like it.

The ending was too tangled for me. A clever one (didn't see that coming!) but felt more like a plot device than an ending that flows naturally from the story. Other than that, I'd give it 4 stars for sure.
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I bought this because the reviews were so good. I don't understand this!
The lead character is not likeable at all.
There are so many holes in the story that I don't see how it got past a book editor. The main character says he would have been voted Most Likely To Go Postal - a term not developed until the 90's. He also talked about a Happy Meal at McDonalds of Chicken Nuggets. These were not even marketed until 1979 (Happy Meal) and 1983 (Chicken Nuggets. And he parked in a handicap parking place? I never saw those either until the late 80's. Those little things I find annoying. I would never recommend this book.
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A mystery unfolds over the holidays at the Ryan house when all but one of the Ryan kids return to celebrate. The youngest, Harry, the golden child, has been out of the house attending college out of state- never to return, as the family is informed by college officials that Harry has died in an unfortunate accident.

Oldest child, Tom, is sent to find out what really happened. Story enough in itself, except that Tom Ryan is one of the most self centered, egotistical bullies you could imagine. As the oldest child, Tom ruled his world with an iron fist and all those around him are but minions to complete his latest reign of terror, his own siblings obstacles to his supreme position in the family. In his delusional world, Tom is the king and everyone and everything is designed around him, about him and for him. The first clue into the depth of Tom's ego is his ongoing conversation with himself. Constantly arranging and rearranging his rules to suit the moment, loses are acceptable as long as the end result is a gain for Tom. When Tom's world enters Harry's world, the collision of the mind in epic and unfolds into an act that only Harry could understand, and he's not there to explain it.
So is Harry dead? Is Tom going to uncover what happened in the four years Harry has been gone?
That will be up to you to determine if you read Four Years From Home, by Larry Enright.
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