With the deep emotion and insight of “a true storyteller” (Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times), Christopher Tilghman, the author of the acclaimed Mason’s Retreat and In a Father’s Place, has written a powerful new novel of men and women, fathers and families.
Eric Alwin has gone to visit his elderly father, a once commanding and charismatic Maryland senator who has seen his public service soured–and his family broken–by a sex scandal. Realizing that his own unfaithfulness, his disaffection with his career and marriage, seem to be a continuation of a family pattern, Eric is astonished to find his father proposing a bold expedition.
The ensuing trip through the Deep South and the American heartland becomes both a journey into the emotional truth of the Alwin family and a breakthrough into a new kind of resilience and understanding, and love. Along the way, Eric will know anew not only his mother, Audrey, but his sisters, Alice and Poppy, and his own wife and son. As he discovers the surprising secret behind the scandal that defined his father’s fate, he will also realize what he must do to shape a more authentic and coherent life for himself.
Christopher Tilghman’s Roads of the Heart is a brilliant achievement by an author who, grappling with the strains and discords of contemporary American culture, achieves a special understanding of how family members love and lose and find one another every day.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.19(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.54(d)|
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER TILGHMAN is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award. His other books include Mason’s Retreat and In a Father’s Place. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. He is a tenured professor and teaches writing at the University of Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is high-quality reading that touches the emotions without giving them much of a workout. The writing is spare but attentive to detail. As someone who has lived in or spent significant amounts of time in all of these places, I felt transported by the narrative. And I think the author accomplished the near- impossible feat of getting me invested in the lives of characters whom I initially didn't like much. I believe he hasn't received the attention he deserves.-- catwak