From Away: A Novel

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Overlook, Mar 4, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - rlsalvati - LibraryThing

This was a book club selection for me. I had a very hard time getting into this book, then about halfway through couldn't put it down. I will read more from this author. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An ebullient middle-aged child who seems incapable of fixing his own breakfast hides his involvement in a suspicious death by a comically preposterous masquerade.Dennis Braintree's adventures in ... Read full review

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