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|Moorhead Public Library||921 BOA (Text)||33500011749009||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780871403810 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 0871403811 (hardcover)
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Prologue: Pain -- Comedians -- The queen on the frozen tundra -- Epilogue -- Exes -- Kismet -- Discretion -- Near misses -- England, why England? -- Stranger -- Relics -- Lectures -- Strangers -- Hostage -- A balancing act -- Overdue -- Empty threats -- One of the lads -- Sad stories -- Brighton -- Ambrosia -- Archaeology -- The family seat -- Buried -- Home -- Revision.
|Summary, etc.:|| "Will Boast thought he'd lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he'd have. Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He'd had another family before Will's--a wife and two sons in England. This revelation leads to a flood of new questions. Did his father abandon this first family, or was he pushed away? Still reeling from loss, Boast is forced to reconsider the fundamental truths of his childhood and to look for traces of the man his father might truly have been. Setting out in search of his half brothers, he attempts to reconcile their family history with his own, testing each childhood memory under the weight of his father's secret. Moving between the Midwest and England, from scenes of his youth to the tentative discovery of his new family, Boast writes with visceral beauty about grief, memory, and his slow and tender journey to a new kind of love. With the piercing gaze of a novelist, Boast transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man's struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way"--Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 September #1
Born in the UK to English parents and raised in the U.S., Boast grew up split between the two cultures. By his midtwenties, he would also be caught between two families after learning that his father had been secretly married once before. Following Boast's mother's death from cancer, his father drowned himself in work and alcohol, ultimately driving Boast's younger brother to a reckless lifestyle and accidental death. When his father also suddenly dies, Boast finds himself alone and suffering in his own struggle with alcohol and isolation as he endures one midwestern winter after another while pursuing a writing career. After discovering the documents that reveal his father's baffling past, Boast travels across the pond to connect with his estranged half brothers, who reveal their own side of the family's story, one that enables Boast to piece together a spellbinding new history of his father and reinterpret his past. But his affecting journey, related without sentimentality or self-pity, is not so much about his need for family as it is a candid reflection on loneliness and personal identity. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.