Four Years from Home

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Overview

Tom Ryan is the oldest of five Irish Catholic children. Through his eyes, the story of his younger brother, Harry, unfolds:

"Growing up, Harry was always the shining star of the family. He was the one you'd name if you were trying to think of kids who were holy, and the one I'd list as a brown-nosing little punk who deserved to get beat up on the playground for making it hard on the rest of us. He was the one God, and Grandma Ryan, had called to the priesthood."

But Harry took a...

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Overview

Tom Ryan is the oldest of five Irish Catholic children. Through his eyes, the story of his younger brother, Harry, unfolds:

"Growing up, Harry was always the shining star of the family. He was the one you'd name if you were trying to think of kids who were holy, and the one I'd list as a brown-nosing little punk who deserved to get beat up on the playground for making it hard on the rest of us. He was the one God, and Grandma Ryan, had called to the priesthood."

But Harry took a different path and chose not to enter the seminary, and eventually, not to be a Catholic. When he left for college he left for good.

"Not that I cared, but for four years, Harry never came home. No one spoke of him at the dinner table or wondered aloud how he was doing or why he had changed. His picture disappeared from the mantle. It was as if he had ceased to exist, had never existed, that the shining star had been but a passing comet lost in time and memory. It hurt Mom and Dad a lot."

It's Christmas 1972, Harry's senior year, and the Ryan family has gathered for the holiday, all except Harry...

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Read the sequel!

"A Cape May Diamond," the sequel to "Four Years from Home" is out on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon. It is a story of life, love, and a journey of a thousand years, and is a must-read for those who want to know what really happened to Tom Ryan.

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Editorial Reviews

Joy Norsworthy
Good book! Very funny and definitely kept me reading to find out what happened in the end. I was very surprised by the ending, I didn't have it anywhere near figured out! Great first novel, I will be waiting for more from this author.
N. Woodpusher
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.
.. - N. Woodpusher
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.
. - Mark Jacobs
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453867990
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/22/2010
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Enright (1949- ) was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where for the past 40 years he has filled his life with many careers including teacher, musician, computer programmer, researcher, and writer. He has written three novels. "Four Years from Home" (2010) is his first published work.
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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Why no paperback version on B&N

    I couldn't find the paperback here on B&N but Amazon has it! I was able to use their "Inside the Book" feature to read a few pages and it looks great. So I bought it there. Hope this helps the rest of you who like me don't care for ebooks.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Highly recommend - very entertaining, often poignant, and hard to put down

    I particularly enjoyed the rich textures in the development of the character of Tom Ryan and the interesting vision of the world as seen through his often clouded eyes.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Warning! Possible Spoiler!

    I absolutely enjoy books that explore moral issues and lay bare the connecting threads of the judgments we make without thinking. They make me think about my own life and the decisions I make and the people I judge, often too harshly. This novel is about a young man who is apparently unlikable and thoroughly unredeemable. He is a bully, a brat, a conniving, sneaky, scheming child who has never quite grown up. But as he uncovers the hidden layers of his brother's past, his brother who is the "saint" in the family, we find that this bully has tried to be someone more than we expected, more than we judged him at first to be. Things are rarely what they appear to be, sacrifice is noble, and the mind a fragile companion. Four Years from Home presents these themes in a darkly humorous fashion as it leads us down the path of tragedy. The book is not perfect, but it is well written and spellbinding. I applaud the effort and recommend it to any adult who enjoys thinking.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    Good mystery, fun read

    It's about a bully who gets bullied into doing something by his family and as the story goes on, it gets really interesting and hard to put down. Liked the humor and sadness mixed up together.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Dark humorous mystery

    This story starts out dark and mysterious and only gets darker and even more mysterious. Some really funny sarcastic and pointed humor along the way and some really heart-breaking poignant moments. The ending is awesome.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Poignant, Funny, Mesmerizing

    You could call this book a humorous look at the familial bonds between a self-described bully and his siblings. You could call it a wrenching tale of loss and discovery. You could call it a story of twists and turns that both entrances and shocks.

    You'd be right on all counts.

    The author seems purposed to not only share the story of bully/brother Tom Ryan, but to put us in Tom's head as his world is turned upside down, and as his grasp of it is peeled away bit by bit. We don't just follow Tom's journey--we inhabit it as he seeks out answers to his brother Harry's death while away at college. What we get from this masterfully told tale is always touching, frequently worthy of chuckles born of our own memories of childhood, and also impossible to anticipate. I did not see coming what transpired.

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Larry Enright's masterpiece

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Recommend, a very good read

    I started searching for these books on my Nook and was able to read "A King in a Court of Fools" and "Buffalo Nickle Christmas" But had to go and purchase the other two because they were not available on Nook. My daughter first read all of these on her Kindle. I put these out on Facebook for my friends, especially those with a Pittsburgh connection. I read this one after "A King in a Court of Fools" but either order, gets you to the full story which continues to "A Cape May Diamond"

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

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    Four Years From Home is the first book I've read by Larry Enrigh

    Four Years From Home is the first book I've read by Larry Enright.
    I was taken in from the very beginning by the character of Tom. I liked his sarcasm and biting wit, but I also liked to hate him when he lied and cheated and manipulated to get what he wanted. I believe that Enright did a good job with character development and that is why Tom is so unlikeable at times. Harry, on the other hand, Tom's youngest sibling, was a very likeable character from the beginning. He seemed to have a good sense of self. He let the things Tom did just roll off his back. When Harry went off to college and wasn't heard from for four years that seemed quite out of character for him. I knew something had to be going on besides studying at college, but the ending certainly surprised me.
    When you read this story, be ready for a bumpy ride...sibling rivalry, jealousy, biting sarcasm, humor, pain, and the ultimate show of brotherly love!

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    a bit convoluted, but a good read

    The jumping between times and the flashbacks between the main character make it a bit difficult to read and stay on track. but a good read, worth the time

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Well wtitten

    I enjoyed each page of this book--could even see myself rereading it! Could there be anyone really like Tom in real life? Tom's intelligence and creativity makes him interesting and charming--his lack of empathy makes him unlikeable.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Gotta love Tom Ryan

    Great story of a bad boy that nobody likes for all the wrong reasons. Enjoyed this one very much.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I got this after reading some of the reviews and it was worth it, every penny of it. This is high quality story-telling and I recommend it to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary in mystery fiction. It is a mystery, but it's a lot more.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Brilliant and enjoyable - ***possible spoiler***

    This story takes you wandering through the thoughts of a man suffering from some serious mental issues. You can tell from the beginning that he is disturbed in some way. It's only after his long journey through sad discovery that you find out what is causing it and what it's true nature is. Very enjoyable book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    A man in his own mind

    This is the story of a man living in the hell of his own mind. His various problems which can't really be talked about without giving up the plot drive him from one insane episode to the next. And the ending justifies the means. Well done, an interesting and difficult read, but well done.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Rich wonderful narration

    I loved this story for it rich, wonderful narration and the "aha" moment at the end that makes it all make sense.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Thought provoking and challenging

    I found this book to be challenging insofar at the protagonist is thoroughly unlikeable, but I have read other similar works that make empathy impossible. That said, this thought-provoking work carries the reader forward through the initial revulsion and into a mystery that is resolved admirably. Great first novel. Hats off!

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Just finished it - WOW

    I really loved this book. It's a story, not just a mystery. I just can't say enough how much I liked it. Fantastic!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Twists and Turns

    Great story that takes a little time to develop but I don't mind that in a well written book. The underlying themes were well-integrated. A good read.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Good Book

    I like a book with some substance and this one has it. I enjoyed taking my time with it and following all the little side stories and wanderings. Kudos.

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