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Garrett, Greg.

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ISBN 10: 0758201397 / ISBN 13: 9780758201393
Published by Kensington., NY:, 2002
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. This copy signed by Garrett. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 10641

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Publisher: Kensington., NY:

Publication Date: 2002

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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In an unforgettable first novel that the Austin Chronicle calls funny, surprising, deep, and soulful, Greg Garrett takes readers along on one man’s cross-country pilgrimage from North Carolina to New Mexico; from the depths of despair to a glimmer of hope gleaned from the last place he ever expected to find redemption... With a beautiful wife, a sweet young son, and a position as one of the most promising associates in one of DC’s largest firms, Clay Forester had it all. But that was a decade ago, before a tragic accident claimed his family’s lives, sending Clay on a downward emotional spiral from which he has no desire to recover... Ensconced once again in his mother’s house in his tiny southern hometown, wallowing in guilt, Clay has no responsibilities, no schedules, nobody to be accountable to. He has nothing but his haunting memories, and a half-hearted relationship with a high school flame. Nothing but his music, crooning cover tunes with a childhood friend in smoky redneck bars. Nothing but a yellow 1961 Triumph convertible that refuses to start-Clay’s one memento of the father who abandoned him. As far as Clay’s concerned, he’s hit rock bottom... Then comes the shocking phone call: Steve Forrester, the father Clay always assumed was dead, really is—but only since yesterday. Unmoved by the news that he died with Clay’s name on his lips, Clay only wants to forget the man ever existed. But when the Triumph’s engine mysteriously turns over that very day, he can’t ignore the strange coincidence. Reluctantly, Clay sets out in his father’s car, headed to Santa Fe for the funeral of a virtual stranger. It’s to be a solo journey, but Clay is soon joined by an irresistible three-legged flatulent dog and, at various stops along the way, by an assortment of down-and-out strangers whose shared hopes and dreams give new purpose to his own pilgrimage. As he closes in on his destination, Clay is forced to confront not just the ghost of the father he never knew, but the ghost of the man he himself once was. As murky, long-buried details tumble into the bright southwestern sunlight, Clay begins to understand, at last, that a man’s priorities can become muddled along the way; that a man who should have had everything can suddenly find himself alone. And that only if he finds it in his heart to forgive his father’s sins can he ever begin to forgive his own...

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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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