Far Afield

Far Afield

by Scott Brown, Scott
     
 

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FAR AFIELD is a literary comedy of manners set in a fictitious island nation in the South Pacific, somewhere between the Japan and Indonesia. It tells the story of a vacationing Asian-American journalist, Benjamin Inoue, who gets swept up into a cascading chain of events and who becomes the campaign manager of a buffoonish and megalomaniac island scion who is running

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FAR AFIELD is a literary comedy of manners set in a fictitious island nation in the South Pacific, somewhere between the Japan and Indonesia. It tells the story of a vacationing Asian-American journalist, Benjamin Inoue, who gets swept up into a cascading chain of events and who becomes the campaign manager of a buffoonish and megalomaniac island scion who is running against his younger brother for presidency of the small and forgotten island. Along the way, he becomes ensnared in a progression of dubious and absurdist events orchestrated by dubious and unreliable characters, all of which have their own hidden and conflicting agenda that they force Ben into serving. In its scope, concerns, and satire, FAR AFIELD aims for the literary territory of the early novels of V.S. Naipaul, as well as Graham Greene’s “Our Man In Havana.”

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Scott Brown is an extravagantly talented writer. His novel Far Afield exhibits a rich and generous sensibility, an exquisite ear for language and is populated with funny, troubled characters. It is a deep pleasure to read — Cristina Garcia 

 Beneath Scott Brown's farce about a mild-mannered reporter, who while on holiday in the tropics becomes embroiled in internecine island politics, lurks an unexpectedly moving tale of lyric discovery and quietly affirmative renewal.  Readers beware:  Like me, I bet you will try to find the tiny nation of Momo-Jima in your atlas.  You will want to book the next flight out.

—Peter Gadol

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597091930
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
400 KB

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Meet the Author

 Scott Shibuya Brown is a former staff correspondent for Time Magazine and a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches at California State University, Northridge, and plays in the punk band Finland Station.

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