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A LONG WAY FROM HOME (Peter Carey)

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ISBN: 9780525520177
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Published: Knopf - February 27th, 2018

Carey uses the Australian cross-country Redux auto trials of the 1950s to explore how the need to be accepted directs our motivations and accordingly, our fates. Husband and wife Titch and Irene Bobs join up with their neighbor and maps expert, Willy Bachhuber, to race the Redux. For Titch, an opportunistic car salesman, the race represents the chance to seize national fame and what’s more, the respect of his larger-than-life father. Titch recruits Irene and Willy as his co-driver and navigator, respectively. Throughout their journey Carey delves into Australia’s virulent racism toward its indigenous populations and its embedded intolerance of miscegenation. Carey’s wit, heart and intelligence are everywhere apparent in this epic road trip novel, narrated in alternating chapters by Irene and Willy. As the miles accumulate Irene’s and Willy’s lives change in profound ways that neither could have anticipated. And we, in turn, experience with awe Carey’s peerless skill in bringing these characters and this place and time so vibrantly and thrillingly to life.