Away from Everywhere by Chad PelleyAway from Everywhere by Chad Pelley

Away from Everywhere

byChad Pelley

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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Brothers Owen and Alex Collins are brought together when mental illness claims their father and sets off a chain reaction of unrelated, heart-breaking events. Both tender and bold in its delivery, Away from Everywhere cuts no corners in telling the story of their crushing childhood, the reasons the brothers become different men, and the unthinkable act of love that tears them apart. Part warped love story, part family tragedy, Away from Everywhere is a heart-stomping pageturner. - 20100317
Chad is an anthologized, award-winning writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Most recently, he won the NLAC’s CBC Emerging Artist of the Year award, the 2009 Cuffer Prize for short fiction, and was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) Emerging Writer of the Year award. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere (2009), wa...
Title:Away from EverywhereFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Breakwater Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550812653

ISBN - 13:9781550812657


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute MUST read!! Simply put - Away from Everywhere took me away from everything and back again. After hearing Chad Pelley himself read the first few pages of his book at the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick WordsSpring I was gripped and disappointed that his book had already sold out at the event. I added it immediately to my "to-buy" list and put it right at the top. Hearing Pelley read the beginning of the novel again when I read it, I was able to carry his voice throughout the book which added so much to it's impact. Pelley took on the voice of two brothers with completely different views of their similar world as well as a woman caught between them. Not knowing who to sympathize with more I was easily relating to the married doctor detached from his family, his brother the passionate brother falling in love with the loves possibilities and the woman who was married to the first but falling for the second. As a writer I easily sided with Owen, the struggling author searching for his next big break but being distracted by the freedom and excitement of reality only I couldn't look past that he was taking a wife away from her husband and two young girls. I'm a sucker for romance and falling in love, of course, but death do you part and all that. Once committed always committed, with so very few exceptions. And Alex. The man trying to be a success in the work place at the expense of his relationships. While he was ever diligent in making his social status climb he disengaged from those who mattered most with such ease I learned to despise him and yet forgive him in the next scene. Their father who was a successful writer we meet only through memories and the eyes of his sons as his world of fiction became his own reality. Scoring jobs, meeting people, and solving crimes that could never be recorded for proof and were no longer written down as fiction. I had to wonder how many fictional writers have a little schizophrenia inside trying to pour out, our fingers acting as a dam. A brilliant novel which left me both loving being a writer, inspired by Pelley who is becoming a great success in the author field at such a young age and also cursing the fact that I truly am a writer as there is so much truth to Owen's struggle and distraction with making a living doing what he loves. This is a must must must must read in my books and one I will definitely be reading again in later years to see how my view of their stories have changed. It'll be interesting to discover their world all over again. I can't wait for the next novel by Pelley. Thanks for reading, Sarah Butland
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story This story has so many life lessons and experiences wrapped into it. The major theme I picked out was how the same experiences become different memories with much different meanings for those who were involved in them. Owen and Alex are twins who expereinced childhood together, yet they processed their experiences in such a different way and the adults they become are testament to that. Both haunted by their memories but in completely different ways. It was an excellent book, I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a really great book. I found myself putting it down often so I wouldn't read it too fast and be done. The characters were well developed and I've found myself wondering what has happened to them since finishing the book. Mr. Pelley has such a grasp on love, marriage, motherhood and the way family has such an impact on your life that I found myself wondering how much of his own life experiences have been woven into Alex, Owen and Hannah. I will be recommending Away From Everywhere to many people.
Date published: 2009-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A writer to watch! I've read this novel twice. Chad Pelley is young but writes like he has been writing for 50 years. Away From Everywhere gave me goosebumps. How someone can transform the events in this novel into words without ever having experienced them is amazing. I can't wait to read his next one!
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So excited! I can't wait to get my hands on this novel! I've heard nothing but good things and if the summary on the back in any indication of what this story holds, consider me blown away before I even read it.
Date published: 2009-07-22

Editorial Reviews

"The best quality of the whole novel is the detail brought to the individual scenes. The last forty pages are strong, most successfully conveying the muddled darkness of Owen's world. There is here intelligence, craft, and promise." - Michael Nolan, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies - 20110210