Ten thousand miles away

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Andre Fernandes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Holly Jones

Abstract: This is a coming-of-age novel about familial love, the flawed nature of memory, and the blurred line between self and body. It shifts between two perspectives: a young teenager named Julie who develops an exotic mental disorder, and her brother, Wolfgang, who struggles against the physical and mental barriers between them. To begin, we learn that Julie's mother, father, and brother have gone missing in a deadly plane crash. As a presumed orphan, she is to be raised by her well-intentioned grandmother, Gerty, who must bridge a wide generational gap. Her brother, meanwhile, survives the crash and ekes out a living on an uninhabited island for over a year before finally being rescued along with his father, Vernon, with whom he constantly struggles for power and independence. As Julie finally comes to terms with her family's death, her life suffers another shattering reversal of fate after the surprise return of her brother and father causes her to develop a mental condition which prevents her from seeing or interacting with them. As Wolfgang struggles to reach out to Julie, he finds himself sucked up by his sister's quest to find the long lost love of a man whose crippling and mysterious memory loss has left him trapped in the year 1968.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2012
Coming of age $v Fiction
Families $v Fiction
Memory $v Fiction