A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

  • by John Gregory Brown
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A tragicomic tour de force about one man's redemption through love and art.
"You have lost everything, yes?"
Everything? Henry thought; he considered the word. Had he lost everything?
Fleeing New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Henry Garrett is haunted by the ruins of his marriage, a squandered inheritance, and the teaching job he inexplicably quit. He pulls into a small Virginia town after three days on the road, hoping to silence the ceaseless clamor in his head. But this quest for peace and quiet as the only guest at a roadside motel is destroyed when Henry finds himself at the center of a bizarre and violent tragedy. As a result Henry winds up stranded at the ramshackle motel just outside the small town of Marimore, and it's there that he is pulled into the lives of those around him: Latangi, the motel's recently widowed proprietor, who seems to have a plan for Henry; Marge, a local secretary who marshals the collective energy of her women's church group; and the family of an old man, a prisoner who dies in a desperate effort to provide for his infirm wife.
For his previous novels, John Gregory Brown has been lauded for his "compassionate vision of human destiny" as well as his "melodic, haunting, and rhythmic prose". With A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, he assumes his place in the tradition of such masterful storytellers as Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy, offering to listeners a tragicomic tour de force about the power of art and compassion and one man's search for faith, love, and redemption.

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What the Critics Say

"John Gregory Brown is a writer I've long admired, and this new novel is his best book yet. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a marvelous depiction of one man's stumbling journey from despair toward a hard-won redemption." (Ron Rash)
"A soulful musing on art, love and sanity, and on art's power to redeem. A beautiful, haunting novel." (Tom Franklin, best-selling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter)
"Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption." (Kirkus)

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Generosity and kindness saves the protagonist

A beautiful rendition of the ongoing traumas of childhood

In addition to the well crafted characters, musical references will thrill anyone who has beenoved NY sound

The narration is on pitch and the accents are perfect
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- Gail

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio