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From Away

David Carkeet

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-304-0
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Hardcover
Overlook
3/4/2010

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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 lookalike 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.

Praise for From Away:


"Anyone who doesn't laugh out loud at David Carkeet's writing needs to have their pulse checked. He's a very clever fellow, and this is a deftly funny book." - Carl Hiaasen


"Imagine Preston Sturges and Ruth Rendell collaborating and you've go From Away. Beautifully plotted, emotionally resonant and, most of all, hilarious." - Jonathan Kellerman


"From Away is humanely funny, mysterious, and most unpredictable. It's filled with unexpected delights, most of which come courtesy of his wise-cracking, edge-seeking protagonist Denny Braintree. I’m not sure how Carkeet does it, but I’m glad he does. Fresh and unafraid. Enjoyment guaranteed." - T. Jefferson Parker


"If you're like me and love doppelgangers, Vermonters, Vermonter-Haters, overeaters, horn players, contra dancers, cybersnoopers, family secrets, model train enthusiasts, and insanely inventive, entertaining, hilarious, and, in the end, moving mysteries involving all of the above, then you will also love From Away. What an incredible achievement by an incredible writer." - Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

"Great fun, a joy to read from first page to last. David Carkeet is a very funny writer, and in Denny Braintree he has created a marvelously original comic protagonist of broad dimensions (in more ways than one), a hero in spite of himself and his madcap antics. Enthusiastically recommended to any reader who craves an inventive mystery, unconventional characters, numerous surprises, and laughs on nearly every page." - Bill Pronzini


"A story that is part murder mystery, part farce, and completely hilarious. This book will remind you why you started reading in the first place-to be carried away to a more vivid and compelling world." - John DuFresne
"A witty, refreshing read, Carkeet's over-the-top hilariously serious protagonist is why the term avant-garde was created. Be attuned to every detail, Carkeet ties loose threads into a beautiful gift bow. Further details would be spoilers, as each seemingly unimportant thing Denny observes bears fruit in this artfully crafted mystery that borders on literary fiction."- L. Dean Murphy, Bookreporter.com


From Away is a farce, and like all successful farces, it is extremely clever and rewarding to the discriminating reader.” - The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
From Away is a lumpy but well-spiced gumbo of local color, serious drama and silliness. Like the Coen brothers, Carkeet is less interested in plots than in people and the stupid things they do: His protagonist deserves to stand beside the Dude in The Big Lebowski as a fellow with a knack for changing the tone of every situation he lands in. While From Away isn’t flawless, it’s an original, unlike anything else in its genre… There’s nothing stern about From Away. Like David Lodge, a satirist he resembles, Carkeet clearly likes his characters (or most of them) too much to subject them to the sort of dark, cynical scrutiny of human nature with which many mysteries conclude. While most of the great literary detectives are loners by nature, Denny is an oddball who, against all odds, finds a community. And that’s a Vermont theme par excellence." - Burlington Vermont Alt Weekly


"In all, this is a comical peek into the lives of small-town citizens, their relationships and desires, and a better-late-than-never coming of age…full of gentle humor and rural charm” -- Foreword
"From Away is an original and riveting tale, and a choice pick for fiction collections.” -- Midwest Book Review


From Away contains quite a bit of physical comedy. The kind more common in films than books. Carkeet manages to translate it nicely into print, resulting in some hilarious scenes. He’s created a large supporting cast of characters as goofy as Denny and a plot that is rock solid. He’s got great comedic timing. What’s best, though, is how much of From Away is unexpected. It you read a lot of mysteries, you already understand what a rare thing that is. David Carkeet is an author with a big, bold voice telling a story with surprising subtlety. His clues are to be found in the small details – not in conspicuously placed plot points. From Awayis a mystery that stands out from the crowd, that will make you laugh and repeatedly catch you by surprise. It may take a little while to warm up to Denny, but once you do there’s no going back.” - BookSexy Blog
"The return of the prodigal writer” -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat

>“Acclaimed author David Carkeet is back with a masterpiece of comic mystery writing...From Away delivers a wild ride of a story and an unforgettable hero.” -- OC Metro

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