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Out There: a novel

A Publishers Weekly Top Book of Year
INDIEFAB Editor’s Choice Award for Fiction Book of the Year

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“lyrical, evocative” and “sensuous”…”A tribute to magical realism and the transforming power of fiction.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Compelling…beautiful…and gripping…” Huffington Post

“…a glowing road trip of magical realism.” —Pasatiempo Magazine of Arts & Culture

“5 out of 5 STARS!” Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“The prose is lyrical, the detail sumptuous, the story is humorous and heartbreaking, gorgeous and flirting with the line between magic and realism. It’s a story that explores the innate power of literature: to connect, to heal, to transform.”Foreword Reviews editor, Allyce Amidon, in her remarks at the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco (June 2015)

OUT THERE is the story of a young Army veteran (Jefferson Long Soldier) who returns home safely to New Mexico after two tours of duty in Iraq convinced that the book he carried with him (One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez) saved his life. But when he can’t find a way to escape the dark memories of war, he borrows his cousin’s motorcycle and rides south across the border to Mexico in search of the famous writer behind the magic of the life-saving classic novel. The adventure that follows is a heart-warming journey of healing and self-discovery. Humorous, redemptive and awash in magic realism, Out There is a beautiful homage to Gabriel García Márquez and a celebration of books that have a made a difference in our lives. It is the book that’s being called The Catcher in the Rye for the Iraq/Afghan War generation.

ISBN: 978-0991401507
286 PAGES | 5 1/2 X 8 1/2
FICTION: Magical Realism / Metaphysical
Published May 2014

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Book categories: Award-Winning and Fiction

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