All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors

By Philip Connors

The prize-winning writer of Fire Season returns with the heartrending tale of his years of flight.

In his debut Fire Season, Philip Connors stated with lyricism, knowledge, and beauty his decade as a fireplace lookout excessive above distant New Mexico. Now he tells the tale of what made solitude at the mountain so beautiful: the years he spent reeling within the wake of a kin tragedy.

At the age of twenty-three, Connors used to be a tender guy at the make. He'd left at the back of the Minnesota pig farm on which he'd grown up and the brother with whom he'd by no means been in particular shut. He had task coated up in big apple urban and a destiny unfolding precisely as he’d was hoping. Then one telephone name all of the sudden replaced every thing. All the incorrect Places is a searingly sincere account of the aftermath of his brother's surprising loss of life, exploring either the pathos and the not going humor of a lifestyles unmoored by way of loss.

Beginning with the otherworldly fantastic thing about a hot-air-balloon experience over the skies of Albuquerque and finishing within the wasteland of the yank borderlands, this is often the tale of a guy paying tribute to the lifeless via unconsciously prepared himself into the entire incorrect areas, no matter if on the reproduction table of the Wall highway Journal, the gritty streets of Bed-Stuy within the Nineteen Nineties, or the smoking rubble of the realm exchange heart. With ruthless readability and a willing experience of the absurd, Connors slowly unmasks the reality approximately his brother and himself, to devastating influence. Like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, this can be a strong glance again at wayward years—and a redemptive tale approximately discovering one's rightful domestic on the earth.

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