A NovelBook - 2008
From the bestselling author ofJewelandThe Difference Between Women and Mencomes a haunting novel of home, family, and the pursuit of lost dreams.Ancient Highwaybrilliantly weaves together the hopes and regrets of three characters from three generations as they reconcile who they are and who they might have been. In 1925, a fourteen-year-old boy leaves his family's farm and hops a boxcar in a dusty Texas field, heading for Hollywood and a life in the "flickers." In 1947, a ten-year-old girl aches for a real home with a real family in a wide-open space, far from the crowded Los Angeles streets where her handsome cowboy father chases stardom and her mother holds a secret. In 1980, a young man just out of the Navy visits his elderly yet colorful grandparents in Los Angeles, eager to uncover his family's silent history. For the Holmeses, a longing for something else--another place, a second chance--seems to run in the family DNA. From Earl's journey west toward Hollywood glory, to his daughter Joan's wish for a normal existence away from the bright lights, to his grandson Brad's yearning for truth, this deep-rooted desire sustains them, no matter how much the goal eludes them. But ultimately, in each generation, a family crisis forces a turning away from the horizon and the acceptance of a reality that is by turns harsh and healing. Inspired by stories of his own family, Bret Lott beautifully renders the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary faith in a mesmerizing and finely wrought tale of love and letting go. Praise forAncient Highway "A chance to visit a country of grace where the twisted roads of American literature seldom lead us . . . We can only admire the way Lott . . . creates and differentiates so many characters and sets them into action so naturally." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "Bret Lott's writings tell us about the value of family, even when those relationships burst at their psychic seams. Mostly, though, Lott's fiction takes us into a world marked by traditional values of lasting love, honor and respect. . . . Lott's majestic prose, with its biblical cadences, further distinguishes this capacious parable of enduring grace and love." --The Charlotte Observer
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: LOTT B
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 25 cm.