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A tragicomic tour de force about one man’s redemption through love and art.

Fleeing post-Katrina New Orleans, haunted by the ruins of his marriage, a squandered inheritance, and the teaching job he inexplicably quit, Henry Garrett pulls into a small Virginia town after three days on the road, hoping to find peace and quiet as the only guest of the Ganesha Motel. But within a matter of hours, Henry finds himself at the heart of an accidental homicide. He is drawn into the lives of the victim’s relatives, even as the voices in his head that drove his father to suicide grow louder and louder.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, his burgeoning friendship with Latangi, the widowed motel proprietor, and the discovery of a glorious and epic Indian love poem that has never seen the light of day, Henry is slowly pulled back from the brink to find redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Writing in rowdy, beautiful prose like some latter-day combination of Walker Percy and Gram Parsons, like some kind of grievous angel himself, John Gregory Brown blends his repeated themes of loss, longing, accident, catastrophe and psychosis into the most original and moving novel you cannot even imagine—a novel much more like a jazz suite than a book. Each memorable character gets his own solo, riffs which combine into a surprising and dazzling finale for this memorable work of art.”

    Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brown has a deft way of writing about loss and redemption, at once physical and immediate. The result is palpable, and the relief as Henry once more finds his narrative—the thread that holds his story together—is profound.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Masterfully crafted with descriptive prose buoyed by likable, vividly drawn supporting characters, this novel is firmly rooted in the transportive storytelling traditions of the best Southern literature.”

    Library Journal

  • A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a charming portrait of how redemption can appear in the most unlikely circumstances.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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