Greg Garrett Free Bird

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When the engine of the Triumph convertible, the only thing left from a father who abandoned him, suddenly turns over at the same moment that he learns of his father's death, Clay Forester, grieving over the tragic death of his wife and son, sets out to attend the funeral--a journey that introduces him to a colorful cast of characters and forces him to face the past and forgive his father as well as himself. 25,000 first printing.

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Greg Garrett is a novelist, memoirist, and theologian and cultural critic who has written or co-written twenty critically-acclaimed books, and published forty short stories in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. His novel Free Bird was chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the top fiction debuts of 2002. He is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters. His latest book is The Prodigal, a novel written with the legendary Brennan Manning, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

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An ex-lawyer travels from his small North Carolina hometown to New Mexico, where he comes to terms with his troubled past in Garrett's entertaining debut. When Clay Forester learns that his father, an artist living in Santa Fe, has just died, he is shocked, believing his absent dad had kicked the bucket a long time ago. But the news of his father's death rouses him from his lethargic existence playing in a mediocre bar band and maintaining a half-hearted relationship after losing his estranged wife and son in a tragic, alcohol-related accident and he sets out on a road trip to attend the funeral. The road trip comes with plenty of twists and turns, starting when the softhearted hero picks up a three-legged dog, then a hitchhiking Bible-thumper trying to make it back to California for his wife's surgery, and finally a troubled stripper with her young son in tow. Clay's adventures take yet another turn in Texas, where he meets a former law school colleague turned priest and protester, and the surprises continue to mount in New Mexico as he discovers his father's formidable legacy as an artist and local philanthropist. Garrett is a fine storyteller with a deft comic touch, and his compassion for his well-drawn characters shines through from start to finish. He gets a bit heavy-handed when he articulates Clay's epiphany, and with the subsequent reconciliations he engineers after describing the pivotal legal case that tore apart Forester's marriage, but overall this wide-ranging novel makes for a very enjoyable and occasionally thought-provoking read. Agent, Jill Grosjean. 5-city author tour.
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