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Publisher Comments:

Patrick Ryan’s first work of fiction is written with such authority, grace, and wisdom, it might be the capstone of a distinguished literary career.

In the Florida of NASA launches, ranch houses, and sudden hurricanes, Teresa Kerrigan, ungrounded by two divorces, tries to hold her life together. But her ex-husbands linger in the background while her four children spin away to their own separate futures, each carrying the baggage of a complex family history. Matt serves as caretaker to the ailing father who abandoned him as a child, while his wild teenage sister, Karen, hides herself in marriage to a born-again salesman. Joe, a perpetual outsider, struggles with a private sibling rivalry that nearly derails him. And then there’s the youngest, Frankie, an endearing, eccentric sci-fi freak who’s been searching since childhood for intelligent life in the universe–and finds it.

Written with wry affection, and with compassion for every character in its pages, Send Me is a wholly original, haunting evocation of family love, loss, and, ultimately, forgiveness.

Review:

"Ryan's debut novel, suffused with an earnestness that might seem cloying were it not for his ease and control, follows Teresa Kerrigan as she struggles to raise four children, two from each of her two failed marriages. The novel covers 30 years from the mid-1960s. By the '70s, the family is in northeast Florida, with NASA launches nearby, and youngest son Frankie can't shake his boyhood obsession with spaceships and science fiction. As an adolescent Frankie happily embraces his belief that he is gay, dreaming wistfully of Luke Skywalker. Next oldest Joe, who narrates some chapters, has a more painful time sorting through his own messy sexuality, while the eldest, Matt, leaves the household at 18 to care for his sick father, and Karen, a high school dropout, marries at 21 and withdraws emotionally from her mother — as each child does in his or her own way. Ryan gets the dreariness and tumult of the Kerrigan lives right, presenting Teresa as flawed but sympathetic, and her brood as reactive in familiar but nicely specified ways. All are compassionately drawn through Joe's articulate bewilderment, particularly the sensitive and surprising Frankie, who comes to dominate Joe's own self-exploration. When AIDS eventually figures into the plot, Ryan maintains this impressive debut's nuance and sweetness to the end." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The first chapter of Patrick Ryan's debut novel, 'Send Me,' is a little like a David Lynch movie — creepy, off-putting and trying to be cool. Frankie, a wayward 29-year-old, drives his broken-down Volkswagen through rural Alabama to visit an outsider artist who, like Frankie, paints vivid scenes of what he sees in his disturbed head. They both believe that aliens are preparing to land on Earth and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"One of the joys for readers from Florida will be to see their world deftly reflected....By revealing his characters in such intimate detail, Ryan makes these deeply flawed people appealingly human." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Set largely on Florida's Merritt Island in the shadow of the space program, this book is about going far out from home....If Ryan's dysfunctional family has been invented, rather than reported on or confessed, he has promise." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ryan does not attempt to tie up loose ends or heal all of the resentments that have built up. But he does paint a powerful picture of dysfunction intertwined with humor, love, and hope. Teens will find much to relate to and may even walk away with a deeper appreciation of the quirkiness of their own families." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

This stunning fiction debut distills 40 years in the life of one American family into a kaleidoscopic portrait of heartbreaking intimacy written with rare literary grace.

About the Author

Patrick Ryan was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Florida. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Iowa Review, One Story, and other journals. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385338745
Author:
Ryan, Patrick
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Parent and child
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
8.36x6.32x.95 in. 1.01 lbs.

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Product details 310 pages Dial Press - English 9780385338745 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ryan's debut novel, suffused with an earnestness that might seem cloying were it not for his ease and control, follows Teresa Kerrigan as she struggles to raise four children, two from each of her two failed marriages. The novel covers 30 years from the mid-1960s. By the '70s, the family is in northeast Florida, with NASA launches nearby, and youngest son Frankie can't shake his boyhood obsession with spaceships and science fiction. As an adolescent Frankie happily embraces his belief that he is gay, dreaming wistfully of Luke Skywalker. Next oldest Joe, who narrates some chapters, has a more painful time sorting through his own messy sexuality, while the eldest, Matt, leaves the household at 18 to care for his sick father, and Karen, a high school dropout, marries at 21 and withdraws emotionally from her mother — as each child does in his or her own way. Ryan gets the dreariness and tumult of the Kerrigan lives right, presenting Teresa as flawed but sympathetic, and her brood as reactive in familiar but nicely specified ways. All are compassionately drawn through Joe's articulate bewilderment, particularly the sensitive and surprising Frankie, who comes to dominate Joe's own self-exploration. When AIDS eventually figures into the plot, Ryan maintains this impressive debut's nuance and sweetness to the end." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "One of the joys for readers from Florida will be to see their world deftly reflected....By revealing his characters in such intimate detail, Ryan makes these deeply flawed people appealingly human."
"Review" by , "Set largely on Florida's Merritt Island in the shadow of the space program, this book is about going far out from home....If Ryan's dysfunctional family has been invented, rather than reported on or confessed, he has promise."
"Review" by , "Ryan does not attempt to tie up loose ends or heal all of the resentments that have built up. But he does paint a powerful picture of dysfunction intertwined with humor, love, and hope. Teens will find much to relate to and may even walk away with a deeper appreciation of the quirkiness of their own families."
"Synopsis" by , This stunning fiction debut distills 40 years in the life of one American family into a kaleidoscopic portrait of heartbreaking intimacy written with rare literary grace.
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