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 stricken 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 relations 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 particularly shut. He had task covered up in ny urban and a destiny unfolding precisely as he’d was hoping. Then one mobilephone name immediately replaced every little thing. All the inaccurate Places is a searingly sincere account of the aftermath of his brother's stunning dying, exploring either the pathos and the not likely humor of a existence unmoored through loss.

Beginning with the otherworldly great thing about a hot-air-balloon experience over the skies of Albuquerque and finishing within the desert of the yank borderlands, this can be the tale of a guy paying tribute to the useless via unconsciously keen himself into the entire flawed areas, even if on the replica table of the Wall highway Journal, the gritty streets of Bed-Stuy within the Nineteen Nineties, or the smoking rubble of the realm alternate heart. With ruthless readability and a willing feel 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 robust glance again at wayward years—and a redemptive tale approximately discovering one's rightful domestic on the planet.

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