From Away

From Away

By David Carkeet

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590203040, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2010

David Carkeet's previous novels have been covered in glory by critics and gained him a loyal following, but in "From Away" he has created a masterpiece-a brilliant comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery.
Denny Braintree, a wisecracking loner devoted to model trains, finds himself stranded in late-winter Vermont. His night at the hotel begins with promise, but then his prospective one-night stand walks out on him. Leaving town, Denny is mistaken for look-a-like Homer Dumpling, a popular native son who mysteriously disappeared from town three years earlier. Instead of correcting the mistake, Denny dons his new identity as easily as a Vermonter's winter fleece, and a good thing too-the woman he had hoped to sleep with has turned up dead, and Denny is the chief suspect.
As Denny tries to unravel the mystery, he struggles to hide his true identity from Homer's increasingly suspicious circle of family and friends, including Homer's prickly girlfriend. In Denny, Carkeet has crafted a fast- talking bumbler whose instinct for survival will face the ultimate challenge, with readers cheering him on all the way..

About the Author
Carkeet teaches linguistics and creative writing at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.