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A Thousand Miles from Nowhere Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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"Grace is the main course special here. It comes with a serving of greatness and a side of grit, with all the essential condiments: wit, soul, and heart. A new kind of road novel for a new South: Brown is a storyteller I'd follow anywhere."―Elisa Albert, author of After Birth
"This is a deeply humane look at the vulnerability of black lives, the changing contours of the New South and the restorative potential of literature in the aftermath of catastrophe."--New York Times Book Review
"John Gregory Brown is a writer I've long admired, and this new novel is his best book yet. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a marvelous depiction of one man's stumbling journey from despair toward a hard-won redemption."--Ron Rash
"A soulful musing on art, love and sanity, and on art's power to redeem. A beautiful, haunting novel."--Tom Franklin, bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
"Writing in rowdy, beautiful prose like some latter-day combination of Walker Percy and Gram Parsons, like some kind of grievous angel himself, John Gregory Brown blends his repeated themes of loss, longing, accident, catastrophe and psychosis into the most original and moving novel you cannot even imagine---a novel much more like a jazz suite than a book. Each memorable character gets his own solo, riffs which combine into a surprising and dazzling finale for this memorable work of art."-Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls
"Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption."-Kirkus
"A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a charming portrait of how redemption can appear in the most unlikely circumstances."--Shelf Awareness
"Brown has a deft way of writing about loss and redemption, at once physical and immediate. The result is palpable, and the relief as Henry once more finds his narrative--the thread that holds his story together--is profound."--Boston Globe
"A book of profound grace and consolation."--New Orleans Advocate
Praise for Audubon's Watch
"Brown's ambition and achievement in Audubon's Watch lie in the sensual effects of his ornate, overripe language... It's a brazen performance that few authors would have the skill or courage to risk."
"It is a rare sensation to encounter an American novel so concerned with the beauty of language and focused on the moral topography of love; these concerns give Audubon's Watch its fundamental strength."
"John Gregory Brown is an engaging, highly readable, and compassionate storyteller. Now he proves himself a masterly architect of plot, narrative, and theme in Audubon's Watch... Breathtaking, compelling, and infinitely rewarding."
About the Author
Born and raised in New Orleans, John Gregory Brown is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon's Watch. For two decades he has taught and directed the creative writing program at Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, where he serves as the Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English. He and his wife, the novelist Carrie Brown, have three children.
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Henry Garrett has landed at the Spotlight Motel after a three day drive fleeing New Orleans and the oncoming Hurricane Katrina. As he watches his city fall into chaos on a muted television, Henry wrestles with a deeper storm that has overtaken his life and torn his marriage apart.
Henry didn’t plan to stay in this town long, but a tragic accident leaves him stranded. The locals are generous, donating items and lending a truck to Henry. What they don’t realize is that Henry lost everything that was important to him long before Katrina came ashore. The owner of the motel, Latangi, offers Henry a place to stay as long as he needs, and takes him under her wing. She and a local named Marge work to help Henry reclaim his life, and the people he loves.
From the path of a hurricane Henry may have found his own trail for redemption. The support of the people of Marimore, Virginia might just be exactly what he needed to conquer his demons. For an emotional read about loss, love, and the healing power of friendship, I recommend A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.
Brown is a consummate author, a man born in Louisiana who transplanted himself to Virginia. He knows the Big Easy. His other novels, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur, and Audubon's Watch are all well worth the reading. They are full of characters seeking grace.