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Publisher Comments:

From Brendan Halpin, author of the hilarious novel Donorboy and the intimate memoirs It Takes a Worried Man and Losing My Faculties, comes Long Way Back, a bighearted, thought-provoking story of faith, love, and punk rock.

Growing up with hippie activist parents, Clare and Francis Kelly share a strong bond. It’s firmly rooted in familial embarrassment (the Kellys’ house is “decorated like the inside of somebody’s hut in Guatemala”), reinforced by an abiding love of Dee Dee Ramone and other (lesser) gods of the rock pantheon, and cemented by the secret of a remarkable religious epiphany Francis experiences at the age of twelve.

Clare and Francis become happy adults with rewarding careers and loving spouses. But when tragedy strikes, Francis finds his faith shattered and his life horribly transformed, and Clare doesn’t know how to help the brother she loves but has never fully understood.

Nearly flattened by sadness, Francis turns to the angry, propulsive music that sustained him through adolescence and finds that you’re never too old to be punk rock. With the help of a bass guitar and the support of Clare and some unlikely new friends, Francis gradually finds his way back from the depths of despair to a life that feels worth living.

Told in Clare’s wry, compassionate voice, Long Way Back is an original, moving novel about grief, guitars, and grace. It shows that the Velvet Underground didn’t lie: Your life really can be saved by rock and roll.

Synopsis:

Growing up a devout Catholic and dedicated fan of the Ramones, Francis, a sensitive and intelligent young man, has it all--a meaningful job working with church work groups and a loving and supportive wife and family--until a tragedy turns his life upside down and he is forced to battle his way back from the depths of despair with the aid of the music he loves. 12,000 first printing.

About the Author

Brendan Halpin is the author of the acclaimed novel Donorboy and the memoirs It Takes a Worried Man and Losing My Faculties. He lives in Boston with his wife, Suzanne, and their children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307415875
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Villard Books
Author:
Halpin, Brendan
Author:
Brendan Halpin
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060103
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
206

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Religion » Christianity » Christian Fiction

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Product details 206 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307415875 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Growing up a devout Catholic and dedicated fan of the Ramones, Francis, a sensitive and intelligent young man, has it all--a meaningful job working with church work groups and a loving and supportive wife and family--until a tragedy turns his life upside down and he is forced to battle his way back from the depths of despair with the aid of the music he loves. 12,000 first printing.
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