A Way from Home
A Way from Home
By Nancy Clark
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400078714, 352pp.
Publication Date: July 11, 2006
It is 1992, and the Lowe family is living in a centuries-old castle in Prague. Alden Lowe works at the Czech Ministry of Finance and his wife Becky advises women entrepreneurs. With their daugher Julie, they appear a fortunate American family, but after twenty years with Alden, Becky shocks the family by fleeing to Libya, where she intends to reunite with a man who has loved her since before her marriage.
In its tale of Americans living abroad and the social reconfigurations that ensue, the captivating A Way from Home is reminiscent of the novels of Edith Wharton and Henry James--with a delicious satiric tang all its own.
"Entertains from beginning to end. . . . Clark is a superb storyteller" —The New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant, from the weekend idyll when a young Becky and William first fall in love to William's Libyan retreat ” —The Boston Globe
"Diamond-sharp social observations inspirit a literary romance. . . . Erudite evocations of time, people and place, all delivered in a dry, old-world voice." —Kirkus Reviews
“With great good humor and empathy, Nancy Clark creates a remarkable group of characters and conveys their real longing for home with all of its multiple meanings. . . . An exuberant romp.”—Roanoke Times
“Once again Clark demonstrates her consummate talent for yeasty prose that rises to every occasion . . . loaded with original takes on universal human experiences.” —Bookpage