From Away: A Novel

From Away: A Novel

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by David Carkeet
     
 

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David Carkeet's previous novels have been covered in glory by critics and gained him a loyal following, but in From Away he has created a masterpiece-a brilliant comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery.

Denny Braintree, a wisecracking loner devoted to model trains, finds himself stranded in late-winter Vermont. His night at the hotel begins with

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David Carkeet's previous novels have been covered in glory by critics and gained him a loyal following, but in From Away he has created a masterpiece-a brilliant comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery.

Denny Braintree, a wisecracking loner devoted to model trains, finds himself stranded in late-winter Vermont. His night at the hotel begins with promise, but then his prospective one-night stand walks out on him. Leaving town, Denny is mistaken for look-a-like Homer Dumpling, a popular native son who mysteriously disappeared from town three years earlier. Instead of correcting the mistake, Denny dons his new identity as easily as a Vermonter's winter fleece, and a good thing too-the woman he had hoped to sleep with has turned up dead, and Denny is the chief suspect.

As Denny tries to unravel the mystery, he struggles to hide his true identity from Homer's increasingly suspicious circle of family and friends, including Homer's prickly girlfriend. In Denny, Carkeet has crafted a fast- talking bumbler whose instinct for survival will face the ultimate challenge, with readers cheering him on all the way..

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590204573
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
553 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Carkeet is the author of six novels. Among his honors are an Edgar nomination, a James D. Phelan Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was born in Sonora, California, and lives with his wife and two daughters near Montpelier, Vermont.

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From Away 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the center of From Away is the novel's richest accomplishment: the incomparable Denny Braintree. Denny is large and in charge. He's a selfish opportunist. Several of the Vermont locals who meet Denny for the first time think of him as a repellent personality. But there are unexpected and finely realized dimensions to Denny. For one thing, he has an exuberant inner life. His musings are not only funny but they convey an endearing sense of enthusiasm. And beneath Denny's considerable size and bluster is his most revealing aspect: He's a lonely man who keeps getting rejected by others, despite the self-improvements he tries to make. In his quietest moments, he wants to miniaturize the world, as he does with his model trains, and be its benevolent master. By the end of this terrific novel Denny has emerged as a highly original, dare-I-say heroic character. Long Live Denny Braintree!
harstan More than 1 year ago
At night Denny Braintree was driving on the icy road going to fast for conditions when he lost control; his skid left the car rental damaged and he missing his flight. After dealing with a State Trooper and EMS, Denny gets a ride with grandpa and Walt who dump him at a hotel where the desk clerk knows Walter who leaves without a goodbye. However, the hotel is filled with legislatures wasting the taxpayers' money, but he gets the room because of Freckles whatever species that is. By phone his boss Roscoe fires him for his odd behavior interfering with his work. However, Denny is uninterested as he thinks he will have fun with Marge. Instead just when he believes he has a one night stand, Marge leaves. Preparing to escape the insanity of the hotel and its town, people begin to call Denny Homer Dumpling, who vanished without a trace three years ago. When he realizes no one believes he is Braintree and that Homer remains popular amongst the locals, he decides to stick around for a while. This proves a smart move when Marge is found dead and the cops believe the "missing" Denny did it. Readers will enjoy Denny's thought process starting with the State trooper interviewing him, his hotel stay and his time residing in Homer's home while the real missing man's girlfriend Sara is also there. The story line is breezy and fun as Denny's reactions and actions are seemingly abnormal yet enable him to survive crisis after crisis. Filled with twists including a brilliant encounter, fans will root for the antihero whose love for real and model trains enhance the audience inability to understand an eccentric fascinating individual who brings a fresh outlook to the Vermont crime scene. Harriet Klausner