No Direction Home: A Novel

by Marisa Silver

WW Norton | June 27, 2006 | Trade Paperback

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"Blindness will be like this." So says ten-year-old Will Burton, trying to reimagine his life in the wake of his father''s abrupt disappearance, as his family picks up stakes and moves to California. Another boy, Rogelio Augilar, risks his life to cross the border illegally from Mexico to reach his father, enduring gangs, police roundups, and the pitiless desert. And Marlene McClure, a hard-edged, feisty teenager, leaves her own Midwestern home in search of a father she has imagined but never known. The lives of each of these families converge on a single home in Los Angeles—where the very needs and desires that have torn them apart allow them a measure of hope together. Written with heart-stopping grace and a powerful understanding of the needs and desires that define family, masterfully evokes how far we will go in the name of a place to call home. Reading group guide included.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.35 × 5.65 × 0.85 in

Published: June 27, 2006

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393328740

ISBN - 13: 9780393328745

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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No Direction Home: A Novel

by Marisa Silver

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.35 × 5.65 × 0.85 in

Published: June 27, 2006

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393328740

ISBN - 13: 9780393328745

About the Book

Inhabiting the uncomfortable space between loss and self-discovery, this debut novel tells of missing fathers and the women and children they leave behind. The lives of three families converge in Los Angeles where the very needs and desires that have torn them apart allow them a measure of hope together.

From the Publisher

"Blindness will be like this." So says ten-year-old Will Burton, trying to reimagine his life in the wake of his father''s abrupt disappearance, as his family picks up stakes and moves to California. Another boy, Rogelio Augilar, risks his life to cross the border illegally from Mexico to reach his father, enduring gangs, police roundups, and the pitiless desert. And Marlene McClure, a hard-edged, feisty teenager, leaves her own Midwestern home in search of a father she has imagined but never known. The lives of each of these families converge on a single home in Los Angeles—where the very needs and desires that have torn them apart allow them a measure of hope together. Written with heart-stopping grace and a powerful understanding of the needs and desires that define family, masterfully evokes how far we will go in the name of a place to call home. Reading group guide included.

About the Author

Marisa Silver is the author of The New York Times Notable Book Babe in Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping and at times heartbreaking. . . . Silver, with her attention to everyday detail and her determination to take seriously the myriad individual lives that create California, has crafted a beautiful, honest and poignant novel of this siren state.”

“A considerable feat.”

“A deft juggler of plot lines. . . . [Silver] conjures an aching world of half-truths, physical need and emotional frustration.”