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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Gregory Brown Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781478906247
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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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  • 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 of The Last Girls
  • Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption. Kirkus
  • "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
  • Brown's ambition and achievement in Audubon's Watch lie in the sensual effects of his ornate, overripe language... It's a brazen performance that few authors would have the skill or courage to risk.
  • It is a rare sensation to encounter an American novel so concerned with the beauty of language and focused on the moral topography of love; these concerns give Audubon's Watch its fundamental strength. Chicago Tribune
  • John Gregory Brown is an engaging, highly readable, and compassionate storyteller. Now he proves himself a masterly architect of plot, narrative, and theme in Audubon's Watch... Breathtaking, compelling, and infinitely rewarding. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Grace is the main course special here. It comes with a serving of greatness and a side of grit, with all the essential condiments: wit, soul, and heart. A new kind of road novel for a new South: Brown is a storyteller I'd follow anywhere. Elisa Albert, author of After Birth
  • John Gregory Brown is a writer I've long admired, and this new novel is his best book yet. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a marvelous depiction of one man's stumbling journey from despair toward a hard-won redemption. Ron Rash
  • "A soulful musing on art, love and sanity, and on art's power to redeem. A beautiful, haunting novel. Tom Franklin, bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
  • “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

  • "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a charming portrait of how redemption can appear in the most unlikely circumstances. Shelf Awareness
  • “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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About the Author
Born and raised in New Orleans, John Gregory Brown is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon's Watch. His honors include a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award, the John Steinbeck Award, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award. He lives in Virginia with his wife, the novelist Carrie Brown, and their three children.
About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.