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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. Its firmly rooted in familial embarrassment (the Kellys house is “decorated like the inside of somebodys 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 doesnt 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 youre 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 Clares wry, compassionate voice, Long Way Back is an original, moving novel about grief, guitars, and grace. It shows that the Velvet Underground didnt lie: Your life really can be saved by rock and roll.

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In this original and compelling novel, faith, love, and the healing power of rock and roll are explored by the acclaimed author of "Donorboy."

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.

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Villard Books
Halpin, Brendan
Musical fiction.
Psychological fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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