Faraway Places

Faraway Places

by Tom Spanbauer
     
 

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During a fateful summer, 13-year-old Jake Weber witnesses the brutal murder of a Native American woman by the town banker. Jake's parents forbid him to speak of the killing or name its perpetrator, even as the woman's African American lover stands falsely accused. The crime and what follows it forever alter Jake's view of his parents and the world around him.

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During a fateful summer, 13-year-old Jake Weber witnesses the brutal murder of a Native American woman by the town banker. Jake's parents forbid him to speak of the killing or name its perpetrator, even as the woman's African American lover stands falsely accused. The crime and what follows it forever alter Jake's view of his parents and the world around him. Faraway Places won widespread praise for its vivid narrative and incantatory style, and Spanbauer displays singular skill in inhabiting the mind of a troubled adolescent boy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ``finely wrought'' work concerns an adolescent who witnesses a murder and is compelled, by his father, to keep silent. Balancing the hero's sensitivity against the harsh reality of farm life in the 1950s, ``Spanbauer tells his short, brutal story with delicacy and deep respect for place and character. Forceful and moving, this novel is a promising debut,'' praised PW. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976631187
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,100,468
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.42(d)

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